Aboriginal Law Report, Feb 16 2020

There is no better place to learn about Aboriginal issues than Bruce McIvor’s weekly  Aboriginal Law Report.

By Bruce McIvor

This week’s edition includes #WetsuwetenStrong, Treaty rights, a Charter challenge, legal history, the rule of law, and more.

In the News

Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions continue across the country. In case you missed it, my colleague Kate Gunn and I released this explainer to clarify some fundamental misunderstandings of this issue: The Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal Title, and the Rule of Law.

Hereditary leadership filed a Charter challenge to government inaction on climate change.

Child welfare and rights representation were front and centre in Alberta.

Also in Alberta, the Frontier mine continues to raise consultation concerns.

Treaty rights remain a hot topic in Saskatchewan.

In Ontario, Lac Seul First Nation’s boil advisory came to an end.

The Alton Gas battle is ongoing in Nova Scotia.

The Yukon government banned mineral staking on site-specific settlement lands.

FPL in the News

I spoke about the Canadian “rule of law” and Indigenous land rights on CTV’s Power Play.

My colleague Kate Gunn was interviewed by several media outlets regarding the Wet’suwet’en standoff.

Off the Press

This is a revealing piece on the coordinated denial of Indigenous rights following the Delgamuukw-Gisday’way decision.

Here’s an overview of the latest legal challenge to Coastal GasLink’s environmental certificate.

Check out the latest episode on the Red Nation Podcast interviewing Dr. Karla Tait on #WetsuwetenStrong.

Lastly, here’s a powerful photo essay of the RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory.

Public Education

I’ll be giving a talk at Banyen Books & Sound on March 11 on “First Peoples Law, Decolonization, and the Struggle for Justice in Canada.” Here are the details.

Quote of the Week

“Jail me for being a loving grandma who cares about her yintah.”

Brenda Michell, Unist’ot’en Healing Centre

Off the Bookshelf

“Some things are already set in place to happen, long before they happen – we just waiting to catch up is all.”

Rasheedah Phillips, Telescoping Effect (2017)


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In the News

The MMIWG National Inquiry released its final report–read the full report here.

The clock is ticking on the federal UNDRIP Bill C-262.

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