Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
COVID-19 remains front and centre.
- 'We just can't afford to let the virus enter': feds acknowledge need to protect Indigenous communities but details remain sparse - APTN News
- First Nations close borders over coronavirus, using ‘isolation as a strength’ - Globe and Mail
- Canada Must Implement Clearer, Stronger Measures to Protect First Nations and all Canadians from the COVID19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic - FNLC
- Priority pandemic response needed for First Nations - Policy Options
- Indigenous communities are vulnerable in times of pandemic. We must not ignore them - Globe and Mail
- #ItsNotAboutYou: First Nations coming together for their elders amid COVID-19 pandemic | CBC News
- Indigenous needs during pandemic demand culturally competent response | Naomi Sayers - The Lawyer's Daily
The Supreme Court postponed several hearings.
The Human Rights Tribunal ruled in favour of First Nations children and caregivers.
In Ontario, Bimose Tribal Council launched a water treatment training program.
In BC, Wet’suwet’en title and rights talks may go online.
Also in BC, Huu-ay-aht First Nations reached a milestone agreement.
- Western Forest Products sells ownership interest to Huu-ay-aht First Nations - Vancouver Island Free Daily
- Huu-ay-aht First Nation buys into lumber business - Times Colonist
Colonial statues made a return to the headlines.
From the Courts
Manitoba’s decision to cancel payment to the Manitoba Metis Federation over hydro development was upheld.
- Judge rules Manitoba government had right to cancel Metis benefits agreement - Globe and Mail
- Métis federation loses lawsuit against Manitoba government over quashed $67.5M payout | CBC News
- MMF to appeal legal loss on Manitoba Hydro payout - APTN News
Off the Press
Check out this new legal brief on Wet’suwet’en and the rule of law.
Here’s a legal overview of consent in Canadian and international law.
Check out Media Indigena's latest podcast episode When Coronavirus and Colonialism Collide.
Here’s a 5-part series on Treaty history.
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
"Elders don't just have worth because they are caregivers or because they are knowledge keepers. They also just have human dignity and value themselves as people. For me, that's a really strong Haudenosaunee value."
Off the Bookshelf
“Words are sacred. Once spoken they cannot be retrieved. Sometimes they fall out of the mouth in moments of thoughtlessness when the speaker focuses on images which don’t include the one spoken to, and burn holes in the lives of the listener.”
Lee Maracle, Ravensong (1993)
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.