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Aboriginal Law Report

September 27, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending September 27, 2015.

In the News

With the modern treaty process shrouded in uncertainty and British Columbia refusing to seriously engage on implementing the Tsilhqot'in decision, First Nations continued to file Aboriginal title lawsuits while resource companies came out in support of consent-based consultation.

As the Pope visited Cuba and the United States, the campaign to repeal the Papal Bulls which underpin the Doctrine of Discovery continued.

Opposition to the Energy East pipeline heated up.

There was more reaction to the Prophet River decision regarding the Site C provincial environmental assessment certificate.

Former Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Marilyn Baptiste discussed the successful opposition to the proposed Prosperity Mine in Tsilhqot'in territory.

Grassy Narrows First Nation's Charter challenge to clear cutting was again in the news.

The federal government decided not to appeal the recent Long Plain decision.

Quote of the Week

"You don't want to give people the truth in an enema."

Buffy Sainte-Marie urging activists to keep their speeches short and interesting.

From the Courts

As expected, Lax Kw'alaams filed their statement of claim for Aboriginal title to protect the site of Petronas' proposed LNG terminal.

The Yukon Supreme Court suspended its decision on the interpretation of the Rupert's Land and North-Western Territory Order, 1870 until after the trial in a companion case based on the Manitoba Métis Federation decision.

Off the Bookshelf

"What passes for Canadian legal doctrine is a racist doctrine that holds at its core the notion that Indians either do not exist as human beings or that they are too primitive, uncivilized and savage to have formed political communities capable of asserting sovereign rights over the territories they occupied."

Harold Cardinal, The Unjust Society (1999; first published 1969 )

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