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Aboriginal Law Report

March 22, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes border closures, Treaty history, UNDRIP, the rule of law, a human rights ruling, and more.


In the News

COVID-19 remains front and centre.

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.

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.

The BC Supreme Court weighed in on a property law dispute on reserve in Syilx territory.

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."

Courtney Skye

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.

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