Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The National Indigenous Justice Summit took place this week.
- Indigenous people have a plan for achieving true justice. When will Canada act? - Globe and Mail
- Limit police access to lethal weapons in Indigenous communities: Justice Summit - Abbotsford News
- Two-day summit calling for justice reform for Indigenous peoples - Chilliwack Progress
Indigenous child welfare returned to national headlines.
- Feds, AFN ink ‘road map’ agreement for First Nations’ child welfare reform - APTN News
- Canada one step closer to child welfare reform, say Saskatchewan First Nations leaders - Global News
- Bellegarde says provincial governments pose challenge to Indigenous child-welfare reform - Globe and Mail
- Ottawa, AFN pen agreement to map out funding for First Nations child welfare overhaul | CBC News
Hunting and fishing rights were hot topics in BC.
- Recreational chinook openings leave First Nations frustrated on the Lower Fraser - Chilliwack Progress
- First Nation seeks permit to hunt sea lions, seals; expects long wait - Times Colonist
The Environmental Assessment Office weighed in on Coastal GasLink construction in Wet’suwet’en territory.
- Noncompliance Order Issued, Coastal GasLink Clears Pipeline Right of Way Through Wetlands - Unist'ot'en Camp
- B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands | The Narwhal
Treaty rights and consultation were front and centre in Saskatchewan.
- Sask. government failed to consult First Nations on $4B irrigation plan, says FSIN | CBC News
- Saskatoon Tribal Council, Saskatoon Wildlife Federation to sign MOU Thursday - Star Phoenix
On the east coast, systemic racism and water jurisdiction were in the spotlight.
- First Nations leaders ‘disappointed’ as N.B. premier resists push for systemic racism inquiry - APTN News
- Chiefs walk out of meeting after Higgs doesn't agree on inquiry into systemic racism | CBC News
- P.E.I. First Nations not set to commit to water services agreement | The Guardian
From the Courts
South of the colonial border, the US Supreme Court weighed in on Treaty rights in Muscogee Creek territory.
- Supreme Court ruling 'reaffirmed' sovereignty - Indian Country Today
- Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation - APTN News
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.
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.
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.