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Aboriginal Law Report

January 12, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Indigenous law, UNDRIP, Day Schools, child welfare, Treaty rights, smudging, our new book, and more.


In the News

Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions were held across the country.

The UN weighed in on Canada's ongoing denial of Indigenous rights

The Day School claims process opens next week.

The federal government’s child welfare challenge continues.

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.

From the Courts

The "smudging case" was decided in BC.

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)

Download our latest eBook for free

Our latest 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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