Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions were held across the country.
- Nationwide Wet'suwet'en solidarity demonstrations - APTN News
- Open Letter from the BCCLA on the Injunction Granted to Coastal GasLink
- Wet’suwet’en Jurisdiction and Governance Must be Upheld - UBCIC
- For the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan peoples, justice has been denied. What else is new? - Globe and Mail
- Wet'suwet'en First Nation evicts gas pipeline workers again | CBC Listen
- Hereditary chiefs say no access to Wet'suwet'en territory until B.C. addresses title issues | CBC News
- B.C. RCMP opens criminal investigation into ‘hazardous blockade’ on Wet’suwet’en territory - APTN News
The UN weighed in on Canada's ongoing denial of Indigenous rights
- UN racism committee calls for halt to Site C, Trans Mountain and LNG pipeline | The Star
- Alberta fires back at UN committee for criticism of Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines - Globe and Mail
- ‘What cost are human rights worth?’ UN calls for immediate RCMP withdrawal in Wet’suwet’en standoff | The Narwhal
The Day School claims process opens next week.
- Green light for Indian day schools claims – one of several class-action lawsuits - APTN News
- Federal Indian Day School Class Action - Indian Day Schools Website
The federal government’s child welfare challenge continues.
- Canada appoints senior bureaucrat, lawyer to lead First Nation child welfare compensation talks - APTN News
- Ottawa won’t say how much it will spend to compensate First Nations children | The Star
Beaver Lake Cree Nation is pushing ahead with its “tar sands trial.”
Cowessess First Nation is exercising its jurisdiction over child and family services.
Nunavut’s Chief Justice is considering a first-ever Gladue report application.
Caribou returned to Yukon headlines.
- Yukon opens hunting for caribou herd without support from local First Nation - CTV News
- Fortymile caribou hunt opened to prevent Alaska from possibly taking Yukon’s share: spokesperson - Yukon News
From the Courts
The "smudging case" was decided in BC.
- Servatius v. Alberni School District No. 70, 2020 BCSC 15
- Why the Nuu-chah-nulth Fought a Classroom Smudging Case, and Won | The Tyee
- Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council Press Release on "Smudging Case"
This case gives an overview of intervener applications in a duty to consult context.
Off the Press
First Peoples Law is honoured to be the co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law with the legendary Aboriginal law practitioner and professor Shin Imai. The book is now published and available here. The cover image is by photographer Aaron Tambour from Katlodeeche First Nation. Check out his other work here.
Check out this policy primer on the federal government’s new Indigenous child welfare law.
Here’s an informative piece on the assertion of Wet’suwet’en sovereignty.
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
“Canada has been trespassing against First Nations people forever and it has to stop, it has to stop now.”
Melissa Morrisseau, land protector
Off the Bookshelf
"Someone has to make it out alive, sang a grandfather to his grandson, his granddaughter, as he blew his most powerful song into the hearts of the children.”
Joy Harjo, American Sunrise (2019)
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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.