Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Policing, pipelines and energy sovereignty were all hot topics in BC.
- Feds will make First Nations policing an essential service - National Observer
- First Nations Leadership Council requests that BC withdraw Bill 17 – Clean Energy Amendment Act | BCAFN
- Tsilhqot’in Nation sounds alarm on proposed amendments to Clean Energy Act - Williams Lake Tribune
- ‘We feel like we're held hostage’ say diesel-dependent First Nations - National Observer
- Trans Mountain losing insurer as Zurich to drop coverage: Report - National Observer
Consultation and flooding were front and centre in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- First Nations to push province on irrigation plans - Star Phoenix
- Northern Saskatchewan braces for more flooding - APTN News
- Churchill River system flooding some First Nations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba - APTN News
A Treaty infringement action is ongoing in Wolastoqey territory.
Calls continue for an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick.
Colonizer statues and sports teams were back in the headlines.
- Christopher Columbus statues in Chicago removed amid ongoing protests - Global News
- Return of Champlain Monument deferred - Orillia Matters
- Statues painted in Toronto as movement to remove colonial monuments continues - APTN News
- Petition calls for boycott of world lacrosse games after Iroquois Nationals excluded - APTN News
- CFL's Edmonton's franchise to retire Eskimos name | The Guardian
From the Courts
The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on the duty to consult regarding a fish transfer license in ‘Namgis territory.
The Ontario Court of Appeal declared certain provisions of the Criminal Code discriminatory against Indigenous people.
- NWAC applauds ruling that strikes down law barring judges from imposing conditional sentences - APTN News
- Law barring conditional sentences in some cases unconstitutional, harmful to Indigenous people: court - Globe and Mail
July 31 Deadline: 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.
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.
First Peoples Lawcast
We recently launched our new podcast on the defence of Indigenous rights. 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.
Off the Press
Check out our new e-book: Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
First Peoples Law Reading List
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our reading list.
Quote of the Week
“Our young women are over-represented in the prisons across this country, largely as a result of the legacy of historical wrongs committed against our people. The courts must be given options to keep them out of the correctional system whenever possible.”
President Lorraine Whitman, Native Women’s Association of Canada
Off the Bookshelf
“Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind (2001)
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.