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Aboriginal Law Report

July 12, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes a career opportunity, hunting and fishing rights, environmental assessment, child welfare, consultation, systemic racism and more.

 

In the News

The National Indigenous Justice Summit took place this week.

Indigenous child welfare returned to national headlines.

Hunting and fishing rights were hot topics in BC.

The Environmental Assessment Office weighed in on Coastal GasLink construction in Wet’suwet’en territory.

Treaty rights and consultation were front and centre in Saskatchewan.

On the east coast, systemic racism and water jurisdiction were in the spotlight.

From the Courts

South of the colonial border, the US Supreme Court weighed in on Treaty rights in Muscogee Creek territory.

First Peoples Law Career Opportunity - Lawyer

We’re seeking an experienced lawyer to join our team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Check out our posting here.

Upcoming Events

I’ll be joining a great lineup of speakers at the PBLI’s program "Developments in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law" on October 27-28, 2020.

Off the Press

Thanks to Merrell-Ann Phare and Michael Miltenberger for interviewing me on their latest Porcupine Podcast episode: Indigenous Law, Consent, and Reconciliation.

In case you missed it, check out our latest case comment on the Dickson decision by my colleagues Angela D’Elia Decembrini and Kate Gunn.

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! The deadline is July 31, 2020.

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 Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our reading list.

Quote of the Week

"The legal system is failing to hold accountable those who have killed Indigenous people. And it’s gone on long enough."

Judith Kekinusuqs Sayers, Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem and Doug White III Kwulasultun

Off the Bookshelf

“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me and yet assure myself and others that I am sorry for him and wish to lighten his load by all possible means - except by getting off his back.”

Leo Tolstoy, What Then Must We Do? (1886)


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.

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