Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
A draft agreement was reached between Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and government ministers.
- Wet'suwet'en chiefs, ministers reach proposed agreement in land dispute - APTN News
- Wet'suwet'en prepare for clan meetings to discuss rights and title proposal | CBC News
- The draft deal between the Wet’suwet’en and the government explained - National Observer
- What will it take to end blockades? Indigenous community members warn deal may not be enough - Global News
- First Nation deal won’t stop pipeline, Horgan says - Times Colonist
- BC Solicitor General Authorizing RCMP Deployment, Contradicting Public Statements - BCCLA
- Five Indigenous youth arrested for mischief following meeting with Minister Scott Fraser - The Martlet
A First Nations justice strategy was launched in BC.
Repatriation was front and centre on Musqueam territory.
The Ring of Fire development was back in Ontario headlines.
- Ontario, First Nations agree to study road to Ring of Fire - Globe and Mail
- Liberals 'paved the path' for Premier Ford’s Ring of Fire deal: Wynne - CTV News
- Fort Albany First Nation 'alarmed' by Northern Road link announcement | CBC News
Also in Ontario, votes were cast over the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement.
- Anishinabek Nation says 8 of 14 First Nations vote yes on governance agreement, but turnout still in question | CBC News
In the Northwest Territories, Dehcho self-government negotiations are ongoing.
A national climate change gathering was held in the Yukon.
- AFN's National Climate Gathering a Successful Dialogue with First Nations Leadership, Elders and Youth - Newswire
A First Nations benefit sharing framework is in the works.
- Revenue Sharing Framework sought - CKPG Today
- First Nations coalition proposes changes for resource-sharing benefits - Alaska Highway News
Land claims, governance, and Inuit identity are all hot topics in Labrador.
Racism continues to rear its head across the country.
- Indigenous people face racist backlash over pipeline protests - Globe and Mail
- Indigenous youth group gets death threat over Wet'suwet'en support | CBC News
- Charges coming after incidents resulting in Alberta school going in hold and secure over racial slurs, threats - Global News
- Ignorance driving racism against First Nations after blockades, diversity minister says - The Star
From the Courts
The Supreme Court declined to hear the latest appeals in the Trans Mountain pipeline litigation.
- Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Attorney General of Canada, et al.
- Squamish Nation v. Attorney General of Canada, et al.
- TMX: SCC Denies Leave as Tsleil-Waututh Announces Further Appeal - Sacred Trust
- Supreme Court will not hear Indigenous arguments against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion - APTN News
FPL in the News
I’m honoured to have been included in the Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s recent piece on Indigenous legal education.
My colleague Kate Gunn and I were interviewed by various outlets on the Wet'suwet'en standoff.
- Understanding the Wet'suwet'en struggle in Canada - Aljazeera
- Growing support for Wet’suwet’en land defenders shakes Canadian politics - Nation Magazine
- Ottawa’s offer to recognize Wet’suwet’en land rights could be a game-changer for Canada. Here’s how - The Star
Off the Press
Here’s a legal overview of recent court rulings on the duty to consult and Indigenous law.
This new book promises an insightful intersectional analysis of the Indian Act.
First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law. The book is now published and available here.
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.
The Honourable Marion Buller will be giving the keynote at the UBC Indigenous Law Students Association reception and fundraiser on March 12. Click here to RSVP.
Quote of the Week
“We took this issue to the Supreme Court of Canada not only to stand up for our inherent and constitutionally protected rights, but also to make sure that Canada follows their own laws when making decisions.”
Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Off the Bookshelf
“It is from Canadian sovereignty that Canadian courts owe their existence. Courts, therefore, cannot question the very source of their own existence without fully jeopardizing their own being.”
Patricia Monture-Angus, Standing Against Canadian Law (1998)
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.