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Aboriginal Law Report

December 15, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes a hunting ban, Treaty rights, the duty to consult, colonial policing, custom adoption law, racists, and more.


In the News

The Trans Mountain pipeline project remains front and centre.

The Prime Minister issued his mandate letters.

Lawyers will soon be required to take Indigenous cultural competency training in BC.

Salmon numbers continue to cause concern up the Fraser River.

A caribou hunting ban was announced in Tsilhqot’in and Ulkatcho territories.

Treaty rights and the duty to consult are at the centre of a proposed land sale in northern Alberta.

Also in Alberta, the Frontier oilsands project is back in the headlines.

Child welfare and carbon tax are hot topics in Saskatchewan.

The relocation of Kashechewan First Nation remains stalled in Ontario.

Custom adoption law is before the courts in the Northwest Territories.

Racists were all over the headlines this week.

From the Courts

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge to the Indian Day School settlement.

The BC Human Rights Tribunal weighed in on the discriminatory policing of Indigenous Peoples.

Off the Press

Here's an example of the colonial arguments that governments continue to advance in courts.

Here’s an investigative feature on Treaty rights in Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik territories 20 years after the Marshall decision.

Lastly, this is a powerful piece by Cindy Blackstock on Canada’s ongoing discrimination against Indigenous children.

Quote of the Week

“Serving the public interest means a knowledge of the facts of history, even if that history does not show our society in a good light. These are historical and legal facts that continue to permeate all of Canada, its economy, its social fabric, its education system and its legal system. We need to ensure the public interest is met by ensuring that lawyers have that core knowledge.”

Michael McDonald, Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee, Law Society of BC

Off the Bookshelf

“Once more I will greet the earth who, in her lust to re-create me, swells her flaming belly with green seeds.”

Forough Farrokhzad, I Will Greet the Sun Again

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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.

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