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Aboriginal Law Report

January 5, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

Happy New Year. This week's edition includes injunctions, Treaty rights, colonial surveillance, pipelines, caribou, and more.


In the News

Canada's Indigenous child welfare legislation is now in force. Check out this policy primer on the new law.

Treaty rights and racism are front and centre in Mi’kmaq territory.

The Restoule case is ongoing in Ontario.

The criminalization of Indigenous law continues in Wet'suwet'en territory.

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.

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.

Taseko’s latest challenges to the federal review of its mining project in Tsilhqot’in territory have been dismissed.

Off the Press

In light of this week’s Coastal GasLink decision, it’s worth returning to this Yellowhead study on injunctions. Also, check out this excellent “Wet’suwet’en supporter toolkit.”

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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Our new book, Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries, is now available as a free download through our website.

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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