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Aboriginal Law Report

June 21, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

It's National Indigenous Peoples Day. This week's edition includes Treaty rights, human rights, health care, colonizer statues, cannabis, Indigenous cinema and more.


In the News

The duty to consult and COVID-19 were hot topics in Quebec.

Indigenous jurisdiction over health care was front and centre in Manitoba.

In Saskatchewan, child welfare and human rights were in the spotlight.

First Nations’ investments in renewable energy made big news in BC.

Also in BC, a Trans Mountain oil spill occurred in Sema:th territory.

Colonizer statues continue to teeter across Turtle Island.

First Nations are exercising their jurisdiction over cannabis.

From the Courts

The Alberta Court of Appeal set aside Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s advance costs award.

Off the Press

It’s Indigenous History Month. Check out the National Film Board’s online collection of Indigenous cinema.

My colleague Kate Gunn and I contributed to the Aboriginal rights litigation chapter in the BCCLE’s latest edition of Injunctions: BC Law and Practice. The online version is now available.

Check out the Yellowhead Institute’s latest report: “Covid-19, the Numbered Treaties & the Politics of Life.”

In case you missed it, check out our new e-book: Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.

Apply Now: 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.

Apply now!

Check out our feature on last year’s recipients.

Upcoming Events

On June 23, I’ll be giving a webinar on land management, planning and Indigenous communities as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners’s Indigenous History Month Webinar Series.

Kitchen Table Chats

First Peoples Law is hosting a series of “Kitchen Table Chats” in response to COVID-19 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.

Reading List

Looking to learn more about Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our reading list.

Quote of the Week

"If Indigenous peoples are to be safe in their own territories, we need immediate, radical and sweeping changes in the laws, policies and governance of law enforcement in Canada; not the weak recommendations that dance around the edges of the status quo."

Pam Palmater

Off the Bookshelf

“The situation was one of misery for all three, and not one of them could have endured it for a single day, had it not been for the expectation of change: that it was merely a temporary, painful ordeal which would pass.”

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin (1876)

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.

Richard(2 weeks ago)
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