Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 4th.
All sides are digging in for a long fight over the future of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- A pipeline rattles the political landscape
- Notley says B.C. First Nations won't stop pipeline
- B.C. pipeline showdown: Will Kinder Morgan expansion get built?
- Trans Mountain pipeline project 'will never see the light of day,' vows B.C. grand chief
- Ottawa and Alberta Warned to Tone Down Pipeline Rhetoric
- Fight to stop controversial Canadian pipeline gets fresh backing in BC
- ‘Decision has been taken’: Trans Mountain pipeline proponents headed for showdown with B.C.
- Notley says B.C. must allow Alberta access to the coast
- BC NDP and Greens to push legal challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline
- B.C.’s NDP-Green alliance could turn to courts to disrupt Kinder Morgan pipeline, experts say
- Pipeline 'facts and evidence do not change,' PM says as B.C. poised for new government
- Kinder Morgan vs. B.C. - let the fight begin
- Trudeau defends Trans Mountain as BC Greens, NDP gear up for fight
- Vaughn Palmer: Pipeline politics key to Weaver weaving historic deal
A new Indigenous advisory panel in Alberta drew mixed reviews.
- Alberta launches Indigenous environment advisory panel
- Indigenous people 'losing their voice in the oilsands,' says stakeholder group
- Elders named to Indigenous Wisdom Panel
The Senate and the federal government are at odds over changes to the Indian Act registration provisions.
- Senators, government in another time-sensitive showdown — this time over the Indian Act
- Feds say they can't accept Senate changes to bill aiming to end Indian Act sexism
Aerial spraying is a growing concern for First Nations across Canada.
A new Aboriginal title claim was filed to a park in New Brunswick.
A disagreement arose over responsibility for monitoring mercury poisoning in northwestern Ontario.
- Environment ministry to order Domtar to test Dryden, Ont. site for mercury leaks
- Province’s dispute with mill owner threatens to delay Grassy Narrows cleanup
A law professor speculated on the importance of a possible First Nation challenge to the federal tanker ban on the British Columbia north coast.
Manitoba First Nations marked 20-years of frustration with their Treaty Land Entitlement agreement.
- Manitoba committee urges Ottawa, province to honour treaty agreement from the 1990's
- 'It's a breach of treaty': Manitoba First Nations want promised land
The federal government continues to draw criticism over its failure to implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's child-welfare orders.
Our client achieved a milestone in their ongoing to efforts to undo a 100-yr old forced amalgamation.
From the Courts
A Treaty 8 First Nation was again unsuccessful in obtaining an injunction for breach of treaty rights.
The federal court issued a decision on the admissibility of affidavit evidence in the judicial reviews of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Two pipeline opponents in Ontario were ordered to pay costs following their loss in court.
Quote of the Week
"Mark my words, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will never see the light of day."
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
Off the Bookshelf
"The world rests upon the poor...."
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (1904)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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