Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The BC government has entered talks with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
- RCMP to stand down as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and province start de-escalation talks | CBC News
- Former MP Nathan Cullen appointed B.C. liaison in pipeline dispute - Turtle Island News
- Policy Complaint Concerning RCMP Checkpoint and Exclusion Zone - BCCLA
- Meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, academics and lawyers tell Justin Trudeau and John Horgan | Ricochet
- Coastal GasLink pipeline still lacks key environmental authorization in contested Wet’suwet’en territory | The Narwhal
Also in BC, Carrier Sekani First Nations signed a historic agreement.
Mining and child welfare were back in Alberta headlines.
- Indigenous leaders support Smith Landing's fight against Teck Frontier project | CBC News
- 'It's hopeful': New Indigenous child welfare law prompts questions, optimism in Alberta | CBC News
Birth alerts are coming to an end in Manitoba.
Land claims, cannabis, and Indigenous jurisdiction are all hot topics in Mohawk territory.
- Akwesasne moves ahead in Dundee land claim settlement after appeals dismissed | CBC News
- Cannabis conflict between MCA and longhouse continues in court - Standard Freeholder
Ottawa’s challenge to First Nation child welfare compensation continues.
- Federal government holding back true cost of fighting First Nations children at tribunal - APTN News
- Ottawa has spent more than $5 million in legal fees fighting complaints about First Nations child welfare | The Chronicle Herald
- Human rights case to compensate First Nations kids extended to late February - APTN News
In Nova Scotia, the Northern Pulp mill closed after decades of environmental racism.
- 'It looked like paradise': Mi'kmaw elders reflect on how paper mill pollution changed their community | CBC News
From the Courts
The Federal Court weighed in on the 1884 amalgamation of Chacachas and Kakisiwew in Treaty 4 territory.
- Watson v. Canada, 2020 FC 129
- 'Great day for Treaty:' Federal court declares merger creating Ochapowace unlawful - Regina Leader Post
- Sask. First Nation wants federal government to follow through on Treaty promise - CTV News
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 presence...in 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.