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Aboriginal Law Report

February 2, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes exclusion zones, birth alerts, land claims, environmental racism, a Treaty ruling, and more.


In the News

The BC government has entered talks with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.

Also in BC, Carrier Sekani First Nations signed a historic agreement.

Mining and child welfare were back in Alberta headlines.

Birth alerts are coming to an end in Manitoba.

Land claims, cannabis, and Indigenous jurisdiction are all hot topics in Mohawk territory.

Ottawa’s challenge to First Nation child welfare compensation continues.

In Nova Scotia, the Northern Pulp mill closed after decades of environmental racism.

From the Courts

The Federal Court weighed in on the 1884 amalgamation of Chacachas and Kakisiwew in Treaty 4 territory.

Upcoming Events

My colleague Jesse Donovan and I will be in Treaty 6 territory next week at the ABM Indigenous in Saskatoon. Stop by for a free book February 3 to 5.

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.

Here’s an informative review of recent developments in Aboriginal law.

In case you missed it, check out this report on access to justice, human rights, and Indigenous legal orders by Ardith Walkem.

Quote of the Week

“I would like to publicly call on Premier John Horgan to get off his high colonial horse and honour the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs with his personal order to deescalate the situation."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Off the Bookshelf

"...the common law has been constructed largely by upper and middle-class Anglo-Saxon men, whose interests naturally it has tended to serve."

Kent McNeil, Flawed Precedent: The St. Catherine's Case and Aboriginal Title (2019)

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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