Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Wet’suwet’en title and rights were front and centre.
- Landmark agreement recognizes Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and sparks protests from band councils | Ricochet
- Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders sign rights and title MOU with feds, province - APTN News
- Wet'suwet'en sign historic deal to negotiate land rights - The Guardian
- Signing of Wet'suwet'en agreement could land Ottawa in court | CBC News
- Trudeau backs Bennett after Wet'suwet'en elected chiefs call for her resignation | CBC News
A decades-long legal battle came to an end in Tsilhqot'in territory.
- Tŝilhqot'in Nation wraps 30-year fight with massive victory over Taseko Mines - National Observer
- A timeline from birth to death of Taseko’s embattled New Prosperity mine in B.C. | The Narwhal
The Day Scholar litigation is ongoing.
- Even during the pandemic, Canada is fighting these residential school survivors in court - APTN News
A legal challenge was launched over COVID-19 funding.
- Congress of Aboriginal Peoples file court application over federal funding levels during COVID-19 - Globe and Mail
- Indigenous organization says it's taking Ottawa to court over 'discriminatory' COVID-19 aid | CBC News
Several major pipelines returned to the headlines.
- Stó:lō First Nation eyes claim over Lightning Rock site in path of Trans Mountain | CBC News
- Again Finding US Permit Invalid, Federal Court Upholds Block on 'Climate-Busting' Keystone XL Construction - Common Dreams
- Michigan Tribe Gets Boost from NARF and Earthjustice in its Fight Against Pipeline Tunnel - Native News Online
"Essential services" remains a contentious term.
- MP says increasing workforce at Hydro’s Keeyask dam construction site poses risk to First Nations -Thompson Citizen
- 'Alberta didn’t contain it': COVID-19 outbreak at oilsands camp has spread across the country - National Observer
- Pipeline projects, the pandemic and the question journalists fail to ask - National Observer
Election codes were back in the news cycle.
- First Nations should include provisions for emergencies in election codes, experts say | CBC News
- COVID-19 And First Nation Elections - Mondaq
COVID-19 continues to top the agenda.
- RCMP accused of breaking up sacred sun-dance in violation of Saskatchewan lockdown rules - National Post
- Decisions about Indigenous ceremonies lie with community leaders, says Trudeau | CBC News
- Over 450 Indigenous COVID-19 cases across Canada and 7 deaths, reports Yellowhead Institute | CBC News
- First Nations seek data sovereignty amid COVID-19 - APTN News
- Town of Oka and Kanesatake territory at odds over COVID-19 check points - APTN News
- Indigenous peoples left behind again by federal, provincial governments as nation deals with pandemic - APTN News
- Chief, mother say 'discriminating' travel bans make Sask. northerners feel like 'caged animals' | CBC News
- Coalition of civil rights groups file constitutional challenge over handling of inmates during pandemic - APTN News
From the Courts
The NWT Supreme Court weighed in on community investment plans.
Off the Press
Check out the Yellowhead Institute’s latest brief on COVID-19 data.
In case you missed it, check out our 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.
Photo by Jeff Nicholls [Tsimshian]
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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 reading list.
Quote of the Week
“Yes, the courts delivered justice, but that required our communities to remain vigilant and strong throughout this entire process, at an immense cost of our time and resources. Without the leadership shown by our communities and Nation, we would have lost the integrity of a sacred place in our territory, and our lands, water and wildlife would be at further risk. The government and the courts needed to be educated on Aboriginal rights and title to arrive at this decision.”
Chief Jimmy Lulua, Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government
Off the Bookshelf
“Each season brings, in its newest creations, various secret signals of things to come.”
Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project (1927-1940)
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.