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Aboriginal Law News & Analysis

  • 20/05/06

    By Kate Gunn 

    In the early months of 2020, headlines across Canada were dominated by the unfolding conflict in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C.

    The RCMP’s forcible removal of Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders and supporters from their ancestral lands to make way for the Coastal GasLink pipeline project sparked solidarity actions across the country, including the disruption of train traffic and the occupation of the provincial legislature in Victoria.

  • 20/05/06

    By Bruce McIvor

    With so much media coverage of the Wet'suwet'en standoff prior to COVID-19, we thought it would be helpful to collect various articles, blog posts, interviews, case comments, and other resources in one location. We hope it will be a useful tool for anyone wanting to learn more about the situation in Wet'suwet'en territory and Indigenous Peoples’ ongoing struggle for justice in Canada.

    It is not a comprehensive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations. Happy reading!

  • 20/05/03

    By Bruce McIvor

    This week's edition includes COVID-19, the Wet'suwet'en standoff, Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, child welfare, food security, injunctions, and more.
  • 20/04/26

    By Bruce McIvor

    This week's edition includes new court rulings, Treaty rights, Indigenous governance, police violence, a class action, COVID-19, and more.
  • 20/04/23

    By Kate Gunn 

    Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada granted Lac Seul First Nation’s application for leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision in Southwind v. Canada.

    The Supreme Court is expected to clarify how equitable compensation is calculated where a First Nation’s reserve lands have been taken or damaged by the Crown in the absence of a valid surrender or expropriation.

    The decision could directly affect First Nations across Canada dealing with claims relating to the unlawful taking of their reserve lands.