Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending May 28th,
With a court imposed deadline fast approaching, the federal government's proposed amendments to the Indian Act registration provisions have run into a snag in the Senate.
- Senators amend legislation aimed at removing sexism from Indian Act
- Changes to Canada’s Indian Act could give up to 2 million people Indian status
Elijah Harper's opposition to the Meech Lake Accord was remembered.
Here's a useful primer for the convoluted National Energy Board Energy East hearings.
While the Liberals, NDP and Greens in British Columbia jockey to form a new government, speculation builds around the fate of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project.
In Australia, Indigenous people rejected symbolic constitutional recognition.
Indigenous people from across the country are interested to find out how they fit into the Canadian Museum of History's new Canadian History Hall.
Prince Edward Island Mi'kmaq held an Aboriginal Awareness Week.
Manitoba finally has a new Treaty Commissioner.
- Treaty commissioner for Manitoba named after year-long vacancy
- Loretta Ross named new Manitoba treaty commissioner
The annual general meeting of one of Canada's most infamous mining company's was targeted by protesters.
Those in Winnipeg and Ottawa will have the opportunity to attend a performance of Making Treaty 7.
Here's the story of one residential school survivor.
From the Courts
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal again rebuked the federal government for its failure to provide adequate health care services to Indigenous people.
- Indigenous children’s health care still lacking, human rights tribunal finds
- Ottawa slammed again for indigenous children’s care
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v. Attorney General of Canada, 2017 CHRT 14
The Supreme Court heard arguments on the fate of residential school records collected through the Independent Assessment Process.
- Fate of residential school records in hands of Supreme Court
- Residential school survivors should decide fate of documents: FSIN
Seventeen years after the Supreme Court's Musqueam Indian Band decision, disagreement continues over rents on Musqueam reserve lands.
- Musqueam reserve residents win court challenge over proposed 800% rent increase.
- Vancouver leaseholders on Musqueam reserve lands win court fight against huge rent increases
- Hodgson v. Musqueam Indian Band, 2017 FC 509
Quote of the Week
Elijah Harper (1990)
Off the Bookshelf
“Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda (1876)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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