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Aboriginal Law Report

May 24, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes checkpoints, blockades, Treaty boundaries, consultation, Indigenous jurisdiction, and more.


In the News

COVID-19 remains front and centre.

Checkpoints and blockades were back in the headlines.

Litigation involving Residential School records is ongoing.

Mining was in the spotlight in Nunavut and the NWT.

From the Courts

The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on the longstanding issue of Treaty 8’s western boundary.

Off the Press

In case you missed it, check out our COVID-19 series.

  1. Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Protecting People, Protecting Rights
  2. Exercising Indigenous Jurisdiction Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
  3. Indigenous Lives at Risk: Prisons and COVID-19

Here’s an overview of COVID-19 consultation guidelines in BC and Alberta.

First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law, available here.

Coming Soon: Indigenous Law Student Scholarship

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law is offering a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated interest in serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples. Stay tuned for the application on our website, out next month!

Check out our feature on last year’s recipients.

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

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

"We, as First Nations, have long demonstrated the historic ability to survive tragedy and adapt to new circumstances. We understand, more than most, the need to change with the times we are faced with."

Chief Marilyn Slett, Heiltsuk Nation

Off the Bookshelf

“The opposite of dispossession is not possession, it is deep, reciprocal, consensual attachment."

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done (2017)

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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