Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
A historic sturgeon river law was enacted in Tsilhqot'in territory.
- ʔEsdilagh First Nation (Alexandria First Nation) Enacts Historic ʔElhdaqox Dechen Ts’edilhtan (“Sturgeon River Law”) - Tsilhqot'in National Government
- B.C. First Nation adopts historic law to protect Fraser River - Williams Lake Tribune
Fracking made a return to BC headlines.
Coal mining and pipelines were front and centre in Alberta.
- Regional chief says First Nations not consulted as Alberta loosens open-pit coal mining rules - APTN News
- Alberta government stands by comments on COVID-19 pandemic being ‘great time’ to build pipelines - Global News
- UBCIC Responds to Alberta Energy Minister’s Cavalier Commentary Regarding Ease of Building TMX During Pandemic - UBCIC
Clear cutting was in the spotlight in Saskatchewan.
In Quebec, child welfare and consultation were hot topics.
- Concrete solutions to put an end to a broken system and systemic racism against First Nations children - Newswire
- Matawinie Mining Project - The BAPE Must Hear the Atikamekw Nation - Newswire
Salmon revitalization is ongoing in the Yukon.
The federal government has yet to release a MMIWG2S response plan.
- Feds attacked for delay in MMIWG inquiry response plan - APTN News
- A year after MMIWG inquiry's final report, Manitoba advocates say they're disappointed by lack of progress | CBC News
- Violence still an issue, says Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief as MMIWG action plan delayed | CBC News
COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle.
- First Nations health authorities tell Commons committee they need more PPE - The Turtle Island News
- Quebec Cree pass mandatory self-isolation law | CBC News
- Additional $650M in COVID-19 aid bound for Indigenous communities, Miller says - APTN News
- Commemorating some of the lives that COVID-19 cut short - APTN News
- Pallister should 'respect choices' of First Nations holding large gatherings, Ottawa says - Winnipeg Free Press
- Elder blasts ‘extremely racist’ parole board after assistance program put on hold - APTN News
- First Nations doing ‘amazing job’ of protecting citizens says Federal health minister - Anishinabek Nation
- COVID-19 reopening may bring more blockades of roads and highways that are gateways to First Nations communities | The Chronicle Herald
Off the Press
In case you missed it, check out our latest case comment on the Fort McKay decision: “Treaties at Risk.”
The First Nations Leadership Council has set up a resource centre for COVID-19 information.
First Peoples Law is co-editor of the 2020 edition of Annotated Aboriginal Law, available here.
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Kitchen Table Chats
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Quote of the Week
"Documenting our traditional laws and having them recognized is a vital component of implementing our rights and title."
Chief Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chair
Off the Bookshelf
"The dream of sky requires no passport. Blue will not be fenced. Blue will not be a crime."
Alberto Rios, We Are of a Tribe (2014)
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.