Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
COVID-19 remains front and centre.
- Measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in First Nations limited by lack of infrastructure: report | CBC News
- Post-COVID-19 ‘new normal’ must not leave First Nations behind - The Province
- For First Nations, These Are Precedented Times | The Tyee
- Ottawa announces pandemic funding for Indigenous people living off-reserve | CBC News
- ‘We’ve been through this before’: Blood Tribe using lessons from the past to get through pandemic - APTN News
- Nunavik village not ready to welcome construction workers from south without 14-day quarantine | CBC News
- First Nations health leaders remind citizens to continue exercising caution as provinces begin reopening economies - Anishinabek News
- Cree doctor hopes for positive changes post-pandemic - APTN News
Checkpoints and blockades were back in the headlines.
- Manitoba Hydro halts sending workers to construction camp as Keeyask blockade continue - APTN News
- Tataskweyak Cree Nation chief tears up court injunction at Keeyask blockade | CBC News
- Keeyask may prove testing ground in rush to 'return to normality' - Winnipeg Free Press
- Checkpoints to keep Kanesatake ‘as safe as we can’ rile Oka mayor - APTN News
- Kanesatake Mohawks outside of Montreal demand their territory remains closed - CTV News
- Officials say checkpoints kept COVID-19 numbers in First Nations low, encourage planning for 2nd wave - APTN News
- Roadblocks, pipelines and treaty rights - Indian Country Today
- First Nations communities keep lockdowns, checkpoints up as provinces reopen - APTN News
Litigation involving Residential School records is ongoing.
Mining was in the spotlight in Nunavut and the NWT.
- Giant Mine Oversight Board calls for 'special envoy' to oversee local benefits from mine cleanup | CBC News
- Nunavut mine to release 1.5 years' worth of old water into Meliadine Lake | CBC News
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.
- Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Protecting People, Protecting Rights
- Exercising Indigenous Jurisdiction Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
- 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.
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.