Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Canada’s militarized invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory continues. Here are my latest thoughts: Reconciliation at the End of a Gun.
- RCMP Land Helicopters at Unist'ot'en Gate - Unist'ot'en
- Unist’ot’en Responds to Illegal Raid of Gidimt’en Camps & Calls for Protection of Healing Centre - Unist'ot'en
- ‘Shut down Canada’: Gidmit’en spokesperson calls for people to take to the streets - APTN News
- Day 3: RCMP continue injunction enforcement against Wet'suwe'ten | CBC News
- #AllEyesonWetsuweten: RCMP Violently Remove Wet’suwet’en - UBCIC
- Open Letter from BCCLA re: Police Actions on Wet’suwet’en Territories
- Wet’suwet’en Raids: Canada Chooses Colonialism Again | The Tyee
- B.C. failed to consider links between ‘man camps,’ violence against Indigenous women, Wet’suwe’ten argue | The Narwhal
Solidarity actions are taking place across the country.
- Wet'suwet'en supporters rally across B.C., blocking traffic, trains and Port of Vancouver | CBC News
- Indigenous youth and allies stay overnight on B.C. Legislature steps, block intersections in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en - Martlet
- Protests shut down Ontario rail lines in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation | The Star
- Car drives through Wet’suwet’en supporters in Regina - Global News
The Indigenous Bar Association is dedicating today to Colten Boushie.
- Indigenous Bar Association to honour Colten Boushie | The Star
- Law students to honour Colten Boushie on anniversary of Stanley acquittal | CBC News
I’m honoured to have helped my clients reach this agreement with Ontario respecting the authority of their own Indigenous legal orders.
- Treaty 3 communities, Ontario transportation ministry sign highway-twinning agreement | CBC News
- Provincial ministers, First Nations chiefs sign official agreement on Highway 17 twinning - Kenora Daily Miner
Also in Ontario, Treaty rights and land claims were front and centre.
- ‘They need our permission’: Treaty signatories say land claims require consent - APTN News
- Robinson-Huron Treaty First Nations demand Ottawa, Ontario stop land claim talks that impact their rights | CBC News
Saugeen Ojibway Nation rejected plans for a nuclear waste bunker in its territory.
A Métis land claim filed last year was back in Saskatchewan headlines.
The Indian Day School settlement process is under way on the east coast.
- Atlantic First Nations seek emergency assistance with 'tsunami' of work from Indian day school claims | CBC News
The Assembly of First Nations filed a class action over the racist underfunding of child welfare.
Ottawa’s Indigenous rights framework returned to the news.
From the Courts
The latest judicial reviews of the Trans Mountain pipeline approval were dismissed.
- Coldwater First Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 FCA 34
- Federal Court of Appeal dismisses First Nations' Trans Mountain pipeline expansion challenge - APTN News
- First Nations respond to Trans Mountain appeal decision | CBC News
- Indigenous leaders say pipeline ruling highlights Canada’s need for UNDRIP law - Global News
- Federal Court’s Trans Mountain Ruling Betrays Principles of Reconciliation | The Tyee
The Federal Court weighed in on Lake St. Martin First Nation’s evacuation benefits.
- Manitoba First Nation loses court bid for continued flood evacuation benefits - The Turtle Island News
I'm giving a homily this morning at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on the RCMP action against the Wet’suwet’en. Here are the details.
I spoke at the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute this week on the RCMP raid on my Wet’suwet’en clients and what it means for the rule of law in Canada.
Off the Press
In case you missed it, lawyers and academics across the country have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Horgan regarding the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs’ opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Read the letter here.
First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law. The book is now published and available here.
Quote of the Week
"The intention is to wipe us off our land. That's never going to happen. We're not going away. We're going to live to fight another day...they will never beat us."
Molly Wickham, Gidimt’en Clan Spokesperson
Off the Bookshelf
“The biggest secrets are the ones spread open before our eyes.”
Don DeLillo, Underworld (1997)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. A member of the bar in British Columbia and Ontario, Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.
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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.