Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
COVID-19 continues to top the agenda.
- On-reserve COVID-19 case rates approaching 'watershed moment,' says Indigenous Services top doctor | CBC News
- First Nations doctors speak out on Canada’s ‘troublesome’ pandemic response - APTN News
- 'Namgis elder's death heightens concern in First Nations island communities - National Observer
- Barricades and curfews: How some First Nations are keeping COVID-19 at bay in Atlantic Canada | CBC News
- Indigenous ceremonies being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 - APTN News
- Environmental review of Nunavut mine stalled by pandemic | CBC News
- Northern Ontario First Nations want pause to mining permits until COVID-19 subsides | CBC News
Wet’suwet’en title and rights returned to the headlines.
- Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs endorse deal for expedited talks on rights, title in traditional B.C. territory - Globe and Mail
- Wet’suwet’en agree to sign deal with B.C., Ottawa on rights and title, despite Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute | The Narwhal
- Wet'suwet'en chiefs set to negotiate rights and title agreement | CBC News
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project continues to raise concerns.
- Coldwater band asks Ottawa to intervene after Trans Mountain changes aquifer study plans | CBC News
- Coldwater band says new approach to Trans Mountain hearings is unfair - National Observer
- Energy regulator calls Coldwater's TMX hearing concerns ‘premature’ - National Observer
Treaty rights were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.
Flooding is forcing difficult decisions in the Yukon.
- Yukon flood warnings force First Nation to move on plans to establish community facilities in mountains | The Narwhal
Child welfare remains a hot topic in Manitoba.
- ‘They should be ashamed of themselves’: Manitoba called out for pushing legislation during pandemic - APTN News
From the Courts
The Yukon Court of Appeal weighed in on the duty to consult and Aboriginal title.
Maurice Johnson was found not guilty in the death of Brady Francis.
- R v Johnson, 2020 NBQB 67
- Judge finds driver not guilty in fatal hit-and-run of Mi'kmaw man - APTN News
- First Nations saddened but not surprised by acquittal in hit-and-run death of Brady Francis | CBC News
First Peoples Law in the News
My colleague Kate Gunn and I were featured in the CLEBC’s “In the Spotlight” for our contributions to the “Aboriginal Rights Litigation” chapter in the upcoming edition of Injunctions—British Columbia Law and Practice.
Off the Press
In case you missed it, check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s comment on the Southwind litigation.
Here’s an informative brief on food security and COVID-19.
First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law, available here.
Kitchen Table Chats
First Peoples Law is hosting a series of “Kitchen Table Chats” in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation to provide an opportunity for Indigenous people to share information and develop strategies to help their communities stay safe and healthy.
April Book Sales
All proceeds from my book Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization this month went to the Native Women’s Association of Canada to support their COVID-19 Action Plan for Indigenous women and their families across the country. Thanks to everyone who bought a book! I'll sign your copy next time I see you.
First Peoples Law Reading List
For anyone looking to learn more about Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights in Canada during this time of social distancing, check out our latest reading list.
Quote of the Week
"People in our communities are overstretched and exhausted. It should be obvious that we would be currently unable to engage meaningfully with proponents and government bodies due to capacity issues and health and safety concerns stemming from the pandemic."
Chief Chris Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation
Off the Bookshelf
"And there are stars, but none of you, to spare."
June Jordan, Sunflower Sonnet Number Two (1977)
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.