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Aboriginal Law Report

April 5, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes more calls for major project shutdowns, Treaty rights, human rights, UNDRIP, the Indian Act, a new reading list, and more.


In the News

COVID-19 continues to top the headlines.

Calls continue for resource project shutdowns.

Grassy Narrows First Nation reached a milestone agreement for a mercury treatment centre.

West Moberly First Nations’ Treaty infringement action is ongoing.

The latest Trans Mountain ruling is being appealed to the Supreme Court.

Kashechewan First Nation is in talks with the military over flooding evacuation.

K’ómoks First Nation treaty negotiations are ongoing.

Ottawa’s human rights breaches were back in the 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 List

During 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.”

Cindy Blackstock

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.

Download Bruce's bio.

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

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