Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Police violence and systemic racism were front and centre across the country.
- Indigenous leaders condemn Police actions in death of Chantel Moore | First Nations Summit
- Black Lives Matter march in Iqaluit ties in Nunavummiut and RCMP - APTN News
- ‘Enough is enough’: First Nations Chief says he needed to tell story of alleged RCMP beating - Global News
- Minister minces few words, condemns police brutality but pledges little action - APTN News
- Vancouver Island First Nations gather to remember woman fatally shot by police - Victoria News
- Yes, Canada Has a Racism Crisis and It’s Killing Black and Indigenous Peoples - Canadian Dimension
Beaver Lake Cree Nation was back in court over the cost of its “tar sands trial.”
- Beaver Lake Cree stand strong as Canada and Alberta attempt to derail tarsands legal challenge - Briarpatch
The Alton Gas dispute resurfaced in Mi’kmaq territory.
- Water protectors cite work activity at Alton site, company says it's abiding by court order | The Chronicle Herald
Injunction arrests in Wet'suwet'en territory were back in BC headlines.
- No criminal charges for people arrested during injunction enforcement on Wet'suwet'en territory | CBC News
First Nations continue to assert their jurisdiction over cannabis.
The Sixties Scoop litigation is ongoing.
COVID-19 continues to top the news cycle.
- COVID-19 May Have Stopped the Government But It Hasn't Stopped Indigenous Women • Native Women's Association of Canada
- Government of Canada announces interest relief for First Nations through the First Nations Finance Authority
- Meet some of the First Nations health care workers on the front lines during a pandemic | CBC News
- FSIN partnership providing more than one million pieces of PPE for Sask. First Nations
- New report details spread of COVID-19 through global mining industry - CTV News
- First Nations, environmentalists ask for restart of oilpatch monitoring | CBC News
From the Courts
The Federal Court weighed in on Band Council Resolutions.
Off the Press
Thanks to the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta for republishing another article from our COVID-19 series, this time by my colleague Kate Gunn: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Protecting People, Protecting Rights
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First Peoples Law Reading List
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Kitchen Table Chats
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Quote of the Week
“In both Canada and America, police originated as agents of colonization, complicit with legal systems that upheld white supremacy.”
Chief Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Neskonlith Indian Band
Off the Bookshelf
“There are plenty of good people in this country. We are two a penny, we good and nearly good. What the times call for is quite different from goodness. The times call for heroism.”
J.M. Coetzee, Age of Iron (1990)
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.