First Peoples Law is dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous peoples' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.

Aboriginal Law Report

March 29, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes elections, curfews, over-incarceration, man camps, sovereignty, court rulings, the medicine chest, and more.


In the News

COVID-19 remains front and centre.

Calls for Indigenous decarceration continue.

Megaproject construction is ongoing.

Crown and Indigenous sovereignty are hot topics in the Arctic.

From the Courts

The duty to consult was not fulfilled for the Alton Gas project in Nova Scotia.

The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on Treaty obligations and pension plan regulation for an Indigenous healthcare provider.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled on a custom election tribunal order.

The Supreme Court dismissed Nova Scotia’s leave application regarding its duty to consult Pictou Landing First Nation.

South of the colonial border, a US Federal Court struck down permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

FPL in the News

RAVEN interviewed me for their latest podcast episode: Lifting the Lie of Denial.

Off the Press

Read this important call for a gendered pandemic response plan.

ICYMI, here's a legal brief on Canada's international law obligations.

Check out MEDIA INDIGENA’s latest podcast episode: An Indigenous Historian's Take on COVID-19.

First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law, available here.

Quote of the Week

“In the current crisis context of ongoing genocide against Indigenous women and girls, it is critically urgent to develop a gendered pandemic plan now.”

Pam Palmater

Off the Bookshelf

"It was when public health laws were enacted on a colonial level that implicit connections between gender, race, and disease became especially clear."

Adele Perry, On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871 (2002)

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.

Download Bruce's bio.

For more First Peoples Law comments see our publications page.

Sign up for notification of our blog posts.

Follow us on  @firstpeopleslaw

Like us on  Facebook 

Follow us on  LinkedIn

This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.

Kimble Mortimer(2 months ago)
I have recently been speaking to my elder and he stated that by law we are allowed sweat lodge

Post a Comment