Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions continue across the country. In case you missed it, my colleague Kate Gunn and I released this explainer to clarify some fundamental misunderstandings of this issue: The Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title, and the Rule of Law.
- The Wet’suwet’en Fight Spreads Across Canada with Blockades & Occupations - Democracy Now
- Echoes of Idle No More: Demonstrations halt parts of Canada in support of Wet’suwet’en - APTN News
- Via Rail cancels most trains nationwide, CN closes Eastern Canadian network as Indigenous protests continue | CBC News
- A ‘Surreal’ Throne Speech in an Embattled Legislature | The Tyee
- Protests go mainstream as support for Wet'suwet'en pipeline fight widens - Guardian
- RCMP exclusion zone called ‘unlawful’ as police arrest matriarchs at Unist’ot’en healing camp | The Narwhal
Hereditary leadership filed a Charter challenge to government inaction on climate change.
- 'Walk the walk': Wet'suwet'en chiefs sue Ottawa to force Crown to act on climate change | CBC News
- Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs launch climate lawsuit against Ottawa - Globe and Mail
Child welfare and rights representation were front and centre in Alberta.
- ‘We’re going to do what’s best for our kids’: Treaty 8 chiefs walk out of meeting with Alberta premier - Edmonton Journal
- Alberta recognizes Fort McKay Métis consultation rights in resource development | CBC News
Also in Alberta, the Frontier mine continues to raise consultation concerns.
- Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation say consultations for Teck Frontier mine not enough - APTN News
- Smith's Landing restates Teck opposition in letter to Alberta premier - Cabin Radio
- UBCIC calls on Canada to reject the Teck Frontier oil sands mine - UBCIC
- Alberta disputes First Nation's claims about Teck Frontier in letter to federal minister | CBC News
Treaty rights remain a hot topic in Saskatchewan.
- 'I thought the treaty people had rights': Sask. government removes northern trapper's cabin | CBC News
- 'Frustration is so high': Northern Sask. MLA says after trapper's cabin towed away | CBC News
In Ontario, Lac Seul First Nation’s boil advisory came to an end.
- Lac Seul First Nation celebrates the end of 17-year boil water advisory | CBC News
- New water treatment plant in Lac Seul First Nation ends 17-year-long drinking water advisory - NewsWire
The Alton Gas battle is ongoing in Nova Scotia.
The Yukon government banned mineral staking on site-specific settlement lands.
- Settlement land withdrawn from staking - Whitehorse Daily Star
- New staking ban caught us off guard, say Yukon prospectors | CBC News
FPL in the News
I spoke about the Canadian “rule of law” and Indigenous land rights on CTV’s Power Play.
My colleague Kate Gunn was interviewed by several media outlets regarding the Wet’suwet’en standoff.
- Wet’suwet’en Crisis: Whose Rule of Law? | The Tyee
- How a landmark B.C. court case set the stage for Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline protests | CBC News
- B.C.’s John Horgan faces a Wet’suwet’en firestorm sparked by some very national issues | The Star
Off the Press
This is a revealing piece on the coordinated denial of Indigenous rights following the Delgamuukw-Gisday'way decision.
Here’s an overview of the latest legal challenge to Coastal GasLink’s environmental certificate.
Check out the latest episode on the Red Nation Podcast interviewing Dr. Karla Tait on #WetsuwetenStrong.
Lastly, here's a powerful photo essay of the RCMP invasion of Wet'suwet'en territory.
I’ll be giving a talk at Banyen Books & Sound on March 11 on “First Peoples Law, Decolonization, and the Struggle for Justice in Canada.” Here are the details.
Quote of the Week
“Jail me for being a loving grandma who cares about her yintah.”
Brenda Michell, Unist’ot’en Healing Centre
Off the Bookshelf
“Some things are already set in place to happen, long before they happen - we just waiting to catch up is all.”
Rasheedah Phillips, Telescoping Effect (2017)
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.