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Aboriginal Law Report

July 26, 2020

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes Charter rights, Treaty rights, systemic racism, energy sovereignty, policing, pipelines, Columbus statues and more.


In the News

Policing, pipelines and energy sovereignty were all hot topics in BC.

Consultation and flooding were front and centre in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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.

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.

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.

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