Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Dozens of academics and lawyers from across Canada signed an open letter urging the provincial and federal governments to meet directly with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
- Coastal Gaslink pipeline threatens healing centre, says Unist'ot'en Camp - National Observer
- Unist’ot’en requesting Environmental Assessment Office withhold CGL construction permits - Smithers Interior News
- Wet'suwet'en request legal observers before possible RCMP action - Georgia Straight
- 'I'm not being disrespectful, I'm just saying be realistic': Horgan defends not meeting Wet'suwet'en chiefs | CBC News
- Wet'suwet'en allies halting B.C.'s busiest ferry route latest PR nightmare for fading star of LNG | The Star
- 12 arrested in Victoria during occupation of provincial government offices over Coastal GasLink pipeline | CBC News
The Frontier Mine was back in Alberta headlines.
- B.C., Alta. Indigenous leaders call on federal government to kill Teck Frontier mine project | CBC News
- Alberta Indigenous communities push back against opponents to Frontier oilsands project - Calgary Herald
- With decision expected soon, Indigenous communities divided over Teck oilsands project - London Free Press
Mining agreements were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.
- Dene First Nation subsidiary signs deal to run operations at N.W.T. rare earths mine | CBC News
- Yellowknives Dene seek benefits agreement from Giant Mine cleanup | CBC News
Also in the NWT, a caribou conservation plan based on Dene law is in the works.
On-reserve hydro rates were before the Manitoba Court of Appeal.
- Special Manitoba Hydro rate class needed to offset challenges of living on First Nations, appeal court hears | CBC News
Grassy Narrows, Wapekeka, and Kl First Nations marked a milestone in land and water protection.
- Kitchenuhmaykoosib lnninuwug Wapekeka and Grassy Narrows Sign Mutual Co-operation Protocol - Net News Ledger
The federal government released an update on the over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples.
- 'We're doing something really wrong:' Advocates react to rising rates of Indigenous people in Canada's prisons - APTN News
- Prison watchdog decries ‘Indigenization’ of Canada’s correctional system | The Star
- Indigenous people make up over 30 per cent of prisoners in federal custody - Globe and Mail
Ottawa is opposing the certification of a child welfare class action.
From the Courts
The Alberta Supreme Court granted leave to appeal Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s advance costs in the “tar sands trial.”
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court denied affidavit evidence in Sipekne’katik’s ongoing legal battle with Alton Gas.
- Sipekne’katik v. Alton Natural Gas Storage LP, 2020 NSSC 34
- Sipekne'katik motion in Alton Gas case dismissed | The Chronicle Herald
I’ll be speaking at the Ontario Bar Association's Institute on February 7 on emerging issues in Aboriginal law.
Off the Press
First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law. The book is now published and available here.
This is an informative look at land dispossession and reclamation in Inuit Nunangat.
Lastly, here’s a good piece on decolonizing journalism.
Quote of the Week
“So rare is it a moment in our lives that we know we're in the middle of what we know to be an incredible story.”
Max FineDay, Executive Director, Canadian Roots Exchange
Off the Bookshelf
“The future is always here in the past.”
Amiri Baraka, Jazzmen (1995)
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.
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.