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Aboriginal Law Report

May 31, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Indigenous law, child welfare, coal mining, COVID-19 resources, salmon, sturgeon, and more.


In the News

A historic sturgeon river law was enacted in Tsilhqot'in territory.

Fracking made a return to BC headlines.

Coal mining and pipelines were front and centre in Alberta.

Clear cutting was in the spotlight in Saskatchewan.

In Quebec, child welfare and consultation were hot topics. 

Salmon revitalization is ongoing in the Yukon.

The federal government has yet to release a MMIWG2S response plan.

COVID-19 continues to dominate the news cycle.

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.

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.

The application opens tomorrow on our website. Check out our feature on last year’s recipients.

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.

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.

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.

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