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Aboriginal Law Report

January 26, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes an open letter, court rulings, caribou, child welfare, over-incarceration, land reclamation, and more. 


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.

The Frontier Mine was back in Alberta headlines.

Mining agreements were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.

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.

Grassy Narrows, Wapekeka, and Kl First Nations marked a milestone in land and water protection.

The federal government released an update on the over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples.

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.


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.

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