Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
First Nations policing legislation was on the agenda in Ottawa.
- Canada’s work on First Nations policing law should have begun ‘long time ago:’ Bellegarde - Global News
- Bill Blair says he’s pursuing legislation that would make First Nations police an essential service | Global News
- Blair says feds will make First Nations policing an essential service - Toronto Star
Water jurisdiction was front and centre in Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqey territory.
- First Nations water authority on tap to operate in 15 Atlantic communities | The Chronicle Herald
- Historic framework signed for First Nations-led Atlantic water authority - Global News
- ‘Water Is A Keystone Upon Which Prosperity Rests’: First Nations Chief - Country 94.1
In Ontario, a new trespass law is causing concern for Treaty rights.
- Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, a ‘recipe for disaster’ says Grand Council Chief - Anishinabek News
Bill 22 remains a hot topic in Alberta.
- Bill 22 proposes end to cabinet oversight for royalty rate changes | CBC News
- Alberta bills focus on business, public health as province seeks to emerge from pandemic - The Lawyer's Daily
COVID-19, Aboriginal rights and repatriation topped BC headlines.
- B.C.’s COVID-19 re-opening plans continue to put Indigenous people at risk - Globe and Mail
- First Nations in B.C. fighting Rio Tinto to save Nechako River and fishery - APTN News
- Return of Indigenous remains, artifacts vital part of reconciliation - Times Colonist
- B.C. Prosecution Service asked to consider criminal charges in northern B.C. rail blockade case | CBC News
Colonial statues continue to rear their heads across the country.
- What to do with Canada's colonial statues, street names? - APTN News
- Faculty of Law launches consultation on naming of Sir John A. Macdonald Hall - Queens Journal
- 'Leave as is:' Charlottetown council votes to keep statue of Sir John A. Macdonald | CBC News
- 'Just take it down': Opponents to Regina John A. Macdonald statue say they feel unheard by City | CBC News
- ‘Frank Oliver’s actions are not honourable’: Edmonton neighbourhood named after cabinet minister wants new name - Globe and Mail
From the Courts
Cowichan Tribes' Aboriginal title trial is ongoing.
- Cowichan Tribes v Canada (Attorney General), 2020 BCSC 917
- Cowichan Tribes v Canada (Attorney General), 2020 BCSC 949
First Peoples Law in the News
It was an honour to discuss the important issue of systemic racism in Canada at the Collision Conference with Sheila North and Marie-Claude Landry.
I also participated in a webinar on land management, planning and Indigenous communities as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners’ Indigenous History Month webinar series.
Off the Press
My colleague Kate Gunn and I contributed to the Aboriginal rights litigation chapter in the BC CLE’s latest edition of Injunctions: BC Law and Practice, now available online.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 currently enrolled at a Canadian law school with a demonstrated interest in serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.
Check out our feature on last year’s recipients.
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.
First Peoples Law Reading List
Looking to learn more about Aboriginal law and Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our reading list.
Quote of the Week
“We have not given our consent to open up our territories, let alone been consulted on the province’s plans to reopen."
Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council President Judith Sayers and Tsilhqot'in National Government Tribal Chairman Joe Alphonse
Off the Bookshelf
"Because the world is at the window we cannot wonder very long."
Gwendolyn Brooks, RIOT (1969)
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.