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Aboriginal Law Report

May 10, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Red Dress Day, COVID-19, title and rights, the duty to consult, climate change, a new reading list, and more.

 

In the News

May 5th was Red Dress Day.

COVID-19 remains front and centre.

Indigenous land rights and resistance returned to the headlines.

George Gordon First Nation is appealing a recent duty to consult decision in Treaty 4.

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.

If you’d like to register for an upcoming session, please email us at  with your contact information, position, and the name of your organization/community.

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.

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