Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
COVID-19 continues to top the headlines.
- COVID-19 cases in First Nations spur leaders to call for field hospitals | CBC News
- Military ready to respond to outbreak of COVID-19 in isolated Indigenous and northern communities - Globe and Mail
- First Nations rise to challenge as pandemic legacy looms - Times Colonist
- Doctors to be assigned virtually to Manitoba First Nations during COVID-19 pandemic | CBC News
- Six Nations, Akwesasne, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point confirm first COVID-19 cases - APTN News
- On BC's Coast, Indigenous Communities Are Locking Down | The Tyee
- Rangers dispatched to Nunavik to prevent COVID-19 spread, Trudeau says | CBC News
Calls continue for resource project shutdowns.
- Industry puts First Nations at risk - Winnipeg Free Press
- The Pipeline and the Pandemic: ‘The Biggest Risk We’ve Got Right Now’ | The Tyee
- Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak - UBCIC
- First Nations Call For Massive Resource Projects to Be Shut Down During Pandemic - VICE
- B.C. First Nation ‘flooded’ with resource project referrals from industry, province amid coronavirus lockdown | The Narwhal
- ‘Shut it down’: Yukon First Nations call for halt to mining operations in light of coronavirus | The Narwhal
Grassy Narrows First Nation reached a milestone agreement for a mercury treatment centre.
- Grassy Narrows signs agreement for new mercury treatment facility - APTN News
- Grassy Narrows First Nation and federal government sign agreement to build on-reserve mercury care home | CBC News
West Moberly First Nations’ Treaty infringement action is ongoing.
- ‘I don’t see why anything should be secret’: First Nation rejected $28 million in Site C dam deal, court docs reveal | The Narwhal
The latest Trans Mountain ruling is being appealed to the Supreme Court.
- North Shore First Nations taking pipeline expansion to Supreme Court of Canada - Business in Vancouver
Kashechewan First Nation is in talks with the military over flooding evacuation.
- Kashechewan asks PM to send in military as flood season approaches with COVID-19 preventing evacuations - APTN News
- Military in talks with Kashechewan as municipalities say no to evacuees - APTN News
K’ómoks First Nation treaty negotiations are ongoing.
Ottawa’s human rights breaches were back in the news.
- Ottawa owes less than feds calculated in First Nations child welfare case - CTV News
- Report says compensating First Nations kids in care would cost billions less than predicted - APTN News
April Book Sales
All proceeds from my book Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization this month are going to the Native Women’s Association of Canada to support their COVID-19 Action Plan for Indigenous women and their families across Canada.
First Peoples Law Reading ListDuring this time of social distancing, I thought it would be helpful to share an updated First Peoples Law reading list for anyone looking to learn more about Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights in Canada. Please consider ordering from independent bookstores offering local delivery across the country at this time.
View and download the reading list here.
Off the Press
This is a great COVID-19 resource from the Yellowhead Institute.
Check out Pam Palmater’s latest episode on COVID-19 and Indigenous rights.
Here’s a good overview of Indian Act registration and Indigenous jurisdiction over citizenship.
Lastly, check out the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre's latest feature: "Indigenous Rights in Times of Emergency."
Quote of the Week
“Until the Canadian government reforms itself and rinses out the colonial residue in its ways of thinking and acting, we will look back at COVID-19 as another tragic example of where Canada knew better and did not do better. Ultimately, it will be First Nations peoples who pay the ultimate price.”
Off the Bookshelf
"That land's my deepest wish, my wildest dream, the only prayer and the only temple I'm ever gonna need."
Richard Wagamese, Starlight (2019)
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.