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Aboriginal Law Report

February 23, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes a Supreme Court ruling, Indigenous law, #Wetsuweten, Treaty rights, environmental assessment, caribou recovery, the citizenship oath, and more.


In the News

#WetsuwetenStrong continues to top the headlines. Here is my latest piece in our 3-part series: The Wet’suwet’en, Governments and Indigenous Peoples: A 5 Step Plan for Reconciliation

In BC, First Nations reached agreements on caribou recovery and park management.

Treaty infringement was front and centre in Robinson Huron territory.

Also in Ontario, the Ring of Fire remains a hot topic.

In Nova Scotia, Sipekne'katik First Nation was in court over the Alton Gas project.

Yukon First Nations declared a climate change emergency.

A new report was released on the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

Calls continue for an inquiry into Colten Boushie’s death.

The federal government tabled a bill to amend the citizenship oath.

From the Courts

The Supreme Court weighed in on the issues of court jurisdiction and Aboriginal rights.

The Supreme Court also refused to hear Nova Scotia’s appeal in the “conquered peoples” case.

First Peoples Law in the News

I was interviewed about #Wetsuweten and my 5 step plan for reconciliation on The Early Edition and CTV.

My colleague Kate Gunn was interviewed by Energi Media and The Star on the "rule of law" and Aboriginal title.

Off the Press

Here’s a 3-part series on Indigenous rights and the rule of law.

This is an insightful piece on Indigenous law and environmental assessment.

Lastly, here’s a good analysis of settler responses to #ShutDownCanada.

Public Education

My colleague Kate Gunn and I were in Treaty 6 territory this week speaking at the Treaty Rights Protection Conference.

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

"There is a difference between inconvenience and injustice."

Chief Woos, Grizzly House, Wet'suwet'en Nation

Off the Bookshelf

“By relying on the rule of law, colonial authorities aimed to erase their own complicity in the dispossession of Aboriginal peoples across the country.”

Renisa Mawani, Legal Geographies of Aboriginal Segregation in British Columbia (2003)

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.

Lillian Gogag(6 months ago)
Extremely interested in First People's issues.

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