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Aboriginal Law Report

February 9, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes the ongoing RCMP raid, Trans Mountain, Treaty rights, Indigenous legal orders, nuclear waste, a class action, and more.


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.

Solidarity actions are taking place across the country.

The Indigenous Bar Association is dedicating today to Colten Boushie.

I’m honoured to have helped my clients reach this agreement with Ontario respecting the authority of their own Indigenous legal orders.

Also in Ontario, Treaty rights and land claims were front and centre.

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.

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.

The Federal Court weighed in on Lake St. Martin First Nation’s evacuation benefits.

Public Education

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.

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