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Aboriginal Law Report

March 15, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, UNDRIP, COVID-19, cross-border rights, Indigenous law, day schools, the duty to consult, and more.


In the News

The Muskrat Falls inquiry released its final report in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A Peace and Friendship Treaty infringement action is underway in New Brunswick.

In Quebec and Ontario, First Nations are studying the impacts of a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Nuclear waste topped the agenda in Saugeen Ojibway territory.

Infrastructure partnerships remain a hot topic in northern Ontario.

Flood mitigation was front and centre on Vancouver Island.

The day scholar class action is ongoing.

National Indigenous leadership met with the Prime Minister over COVID-19 and UNDRIP.

From the Courts

The Supreme Court granted the Indigenous Bar Association leave to intervene in the Desautel case. My colleague Kate Gunn and I are honoured to be representing the IBA in this important case. Check out Kate's previous case comment: Decolonizing the International Border.

FPL in the News

I weighed in on the duty to consult following the recent TMX decision.

Off the Press

Check out this Indigenous law revitalization program.

Here's a good legal history piece on the Delgamuukw-Gisday'way case.

Here’s a legal overview of Aboriginal title and Indigenous law in the Wet’suwet’en context.

Here’s an update on the Trans Mountain pipeline litigation.

First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law. The book is now published and available here.

Public Education

Thanks to Banyen Books for a great discussion of Indigenous rights in the Wet'suwet'en context and to Katie Glasier’s law and history class at St. Mary’s High School in Owen Sound for the FaceTime discussion this week.

Quote of the Week

“It's about the land, it's about our rights as humans. I think we're all recognizing and we're all waking up as a people together to fight for those things."

Victoria Redsun, Denesuline poet, performer and filmmaker

Off the Bookshelf

“Let us be honest, the colonist knows perfectly well that no jargon is a substitute for reality.”

Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth (1961)

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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