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Aboriginal Law Report

June 28, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Aboriginal and Treaty rights, water laws, trespass laws, policing laws, repatriation and more.

 

In the News

First Nations policing legislation was on the agenda in Ottawa.

Water jurisdiction was front and centre in Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqey territory.

In Ontario, a new trespass law is causing concern for Treaty rights.

Bill 22 remains a hot topic in Alberta.

COVID-19, Aboriginal rights and repatriation topped BC headlines.

Colonial statues continue to rear their heads across the country.

From the Courts

Cowichan Tribes' Aboriginal title trial is ongoing.

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.

Apply now!

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.

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.

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.

Download Bruce's bio.

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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.

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