Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Treaty rights, consultation and environmental monitoring were front and centre in the Northwest Territories.
- N.W.T. gov't disrespecting Tłı̨chǫ Agreement with road construction contract, say Tłı̨chǫ leaders | CBC News
- Kátł'odeeche Fırst Natıon taking legal action against government over 'unauthorized' cabins | CBC News
- N.W.T.-Alberta water agreement under criticism after unilateral suspension of monitoring | CBC News
A century-old land claim is before the Specific Claims Tribunal in Saskatchewan.
- Sask. First Nation, expecting successful $100M land claim, plans trust fund, housing - CTV News
- Sask. First Nation expecting land claim settlement | CBC News
In Manitoba, a class action is underway over First Nations’ access to safe drinking water.
- 'Chance to seek justice' after First Nations' water advisories lawsuit certified as class action: lawyer | CBC News
Birth alerts and banishment bylaws were in the Ontario spotlight.
- Indigenous groups welcome Ontario government decision to end birth alerts - The Lawyer's Daily
- Opinion | Children’s Aid to end Birth Alerts identified as discriminatory by Indigenous women - North Bay Nipissing
- 'Our children are really unprotected'— Kashechewan starts banishing drug dealers | CBC News
Nova Scotia news included Treaty rights, land claims and the “unconquered people” argument.
- Historic claim settlement for Sipekne'katik and the Millbrook First Nation in Nova Scotia - Newswire
- Eskasoni man plans to assert Mi'kmaq treaty rights | The Chronicle Herald
- Province says 'unconquered people' lawyer was repeatedly told to abandon argument | CBC News
First Nations continue to exercise their inherent jurisdiction in the face of COVID-19.
- Kwanlin Dün, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council asking people to refrain from using settlement lands - Yukon News
- Pandemic fears keep 10 coastal First Nations closed in B.C. - APTN News
- West Coast Trail closed to overnight camping after consultation with First Nations | CBC News
- As COVID-19 curve flattens, Indigenous leaders call on federal government for more support | CBC News
First Peoples Lawcast
We launched our new podcast on the defence of Indigenous rights this week. In our first episode, my colleague Kate Gunn and I discuss our new e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law. Check it out here.
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
Check out this online book launch with Gina Starblanket and Dallas Hunt on July 20: "Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial.”
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.
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
"Icons and symbols are really powerful tools for shaping our consciousness. And if nation-states are allowing team sports to use these racist icons and names, then their citizenry is going to be racist."
Dr. Lynn Gehl
Off the Bookshelf
“Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing you hold down the adjoining.”
Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March (1949)
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.