Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Canada's Indigenous child welfare legislation is now in force. Check out this policy primer on the new law.
- Federal Indigenous child welfare Bill C-92 kicks in – now what? - APTN News
- Indigenous Services Minister says he won’t engage in finger pointing with provinces over child-welfare bill - Globe and Mail
- Federal minister says overhaul of Indigenous child welfare won't be error-free | CBC News
- Quebec challenges federal child welfare law to the ‘detriment of First Nations children’ says chief - APTN News
Treaty rights and racism are front and centre in Mi’kmaq territory.
- ‘Racism is alive and well': Mi'kmaq fishermen vow to be back on the water after boat sunk - APTN News
- Eskasoni lobster fisherman 'saddened' after boat vandalized | CBC News
- Nova Scotia premier keeps his promise to Pictou Landing to stop environmental racism - APTN News
The Restoule case is ongoing in Ontario.
The criminalization of Indigenous law continues in Wet'suwet'en territory.
- Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Evict Coastal GasLink from Territory - Unist'ot'en
- Gidimt'en spokesperson Sleydo', a.k.a. Molly Wickham, accuses RCMP of acting as mercenaries for industry - Georgia Straight
- Indigenous people outraged at Canada police's possible use of lethal force - The Guardian
Columbia River Treaty negotiations remain underway in BC.
The Fortymile caribou hunt opened in the Yukon.
Denesuline Elder François Paulette received the Order of Canada.
- 'My work is not finished': François Paulette named officer of Order of Canada | CBC News
- François Paulette 'had second thoughts' on Order of Canada
From the Courts
The BC Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink another injunction. Check out my previous post on the legal ironies of this ongoing colonial violence.
- Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. v. Huson, 2019 BCSC 2264
- Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Reject the BC Supreme Court Decision to Criminalize Wet’suwet’en Law - Unist'ot'en Camp
- B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction to natural gas pipeline company - National Observer
- B.C. court upholds injunction against Coastal GasLink opponents - APTN News
- First Nation looks ahead after court sides with natural gas company - Times Colonist
Taseko’s latest challenges to the federal review of its mining project in Tsilhqot’in territory have been dismissed.
- Taseko Mines Limited v. Canada (Environment), 2019 FCA 319
- Taseko Mines Limited v. Canada (Environment), 2019 FCA 320
Off the Press
Here’s an overview of the latest TMX judicial review hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal.
Lastly, here’s an interesting piece on land restitution south of the 49th.
First Peoples Law Career Opportunity
First Peoples Law is seeking a Project Manager to join our growing team of lawyers and staff dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. View the posting here.
Quote of the Week
“Ultimately, we are our own government, and we decide who comes on our territory. We are the hereditary chiefs. British Columbia and Canada only have assumed and presumed authority on our lands.”
Dini’ze Na’moks, Tsayu Clan, Wet'suwet'en Nation
Off the Bookshelf
"The wretched of the earth do not decide to become extinct, they resolve, on the contrary, to multiply: life is their only weapon against life, life is all that they have."
James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work (1976)
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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.