Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
May 5th was Red Dress Day.
- Honouring National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls During COVID Pandemic - UBCIC
- Small demonstration makes a lot of noise for Red Dress Day - Prince Albert Daily Herald
- Red Dress Day finds little action on violence against Indigenous women: NWAC - APTN News
COVID-19 remains front and centre.
- Indigenous physicians share their experiences dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic - APTN News
- First Nations COVID-19 cases undercounted, says AFN national chief | CBC News
- 'It's teaching time': Children of survivors of past pandemics say there are things to be learned - APTN News
- Cree Nation mourns 1st known Cree death from COVID-19 | CBC News
- Alberta First Nations worried by suspension of oilsands environmental monitoring - Global News
- COVID-19 situation in northern Saskatchewan expected to get worse before curve is flattened - APTN News
- ‘Jurisdictional limbo’ left Metis in Saskatchewan unprepared for COVID-19 says MNC spokesperson - APTN News
- Atikamekw community in Quebec reeling after COVID-19 medical mix up - APTN News
- First Nations-specific data being collected after agreement struck - Winnipeg Sun
- COVID-19 checkpoints check all boxes for Indigenous rights - Winnipeg Free Press
Indigenous land rights and resistance returned to the headlines.
- Coastal GasLink pipeline construction continues during pandemic — and so does resistance | Ricochet
- Grassroots Indigenous resistance to the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline - Rabble
- A first look at the Wet’suwet’en land title agreement with B.C., Ottawa - Victoria News
- Wet'suwet'en agreement outlines steps for transferring control of territory to traditional leadership | CBC News
George Gordon First Nation is appealing a recent duty to consult decision in Treaty 4.
- First Nation appeals after losing bid for warning on mineral claims during TLE process - Leader Post
From the Courts
The NWT Supreme Court weighed in on community investment plans.
Off the Press
Here’s the latest piece in our Wet’suwet’en series by my colleague Kate Gunn: #WetsuwetenStrong in the Wake of COVID-19.
We’ve also put together a Wet’suwet’en Reading List. We hope it will be a useful tool for anyone wanting to learn more about the situation in Wet'suwet'en territory and Indigenous Peoples’ ongoing struggle for justice in Canada.
Here's an overview of COVID-19 and Indigenous governance.
Check out this informative submission on climate change and the cultural rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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.
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
“During this time of social distancing and isolation, when we are unable to meet and heal and support one another in person, it is vital we continue to raise our voices, hands, and hearts to the lives that have been lost to violence that is underpinned by a colonial legacy of discrimination, racism, and sexism.”
Melissa Moses, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Off the Bookshelf
“I do not know of anywhere else in history where a group of people have had to fight so hard just to be responsible.”
Patricia Monture-Angus, Journeying Forward (1999)
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.