Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The duty to consult and COVID-19 were hot topics in Quebec.
- First Nations Chiefs urge Quebec to respect Aboriginal and treaty rights in relation to Bill 61 - Canadian Lawyer Magazine
Indigenous jurisdiction over health care was front and centre in Manitoba.
- Southern First Nations sign health-care control agreement - Winnipeg Free Press
- First Nations health care takes an important ‘step forward into future’ - Winnipeg Sun
- 'A very powerful moment in our history': Southern First Nations take greater control over health care | CBC News
In Saskatchewan, child welfare and human rights were in the spotlight.
First Nations’ investments in renewable energy made big news in BC.
- First Nations Announce Over $25 Million in New Renewable Energy Investments to Decarbonize Their Coastal Communities - Coast Funds
- Remote B.C. community of Klemtu granted $4.6M to transition from diesel power | CBC News
Also in BC, a Trans Mountain oil spill occurred in Sema:th territory.
- Trans Mountain Spills Large Amount of Oil Affecting Semá:th - Sumas First Nation
- Devastating Trans Mountain Pipeline Spill Reinforces Urgency to Halt Further Expansion - UBCIC
- The Trans Mountain pipeline and specific claims - West Coast Environmental Law
Colonizer statues continue to teeter across Turtle Island.
- Petition calls for removal of Vancouver's Gassy Jack statue - CTV News
- Members of P.E.I.’s Indigenous community react to calls to have Sir John A. Macdonald bench statue removed | The Journal Pioneer
- Man shot, arrest made in New Mexico protest over Spanish conqueror's statue | CBC News
- How a controversial St. John's statue was actually propaganda for a Portuguese dictatorship | CBC News
First Nations are exercising their jurisdiction over cannabis.
- Pushed to its limits by provincial stalling, Millbrook polls residents on how to proceed with band-endorsed cannabis sales | The Chronicle Herald
- Cannabis shop reopens after province seizes product - Global News
- Indigenous justice group demands review of OPP raids on Oneida area pot shops - Sudbury Star
- Local First Nations issue warning to cannabis businesses - Soo Today
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.
Check out our feature on last year’s recipients.
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.
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."
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.