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Aboriginal Law Report

October 4, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending October 4, 2015.

In the News

The mega legal challenge to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline began in Vancouver.

First Nations took differing positions on specific pipeline proposals.

While First Nation opposition to TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline intensified, the National Energy Board announced its oral history hearing schedule.

The federal government was criticized for its lack of commitment to meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

A proposed mine in northern Saskatchewan is raising concerns.

The Fraser Institute lamented the courts' application of the duty to consult and the honour of the Crown to modern treaties.

Finally, I missed this in depth piece on the Tsilhqot'in decison when it was first published.

Quote of the Week

"Don't tell me oil is the answer —no, it's not. It's far from being the answer. It's the problem."

Grand Chief Serge Simon of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake of Quebec

From the Courts

Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations filed their appeal of the recent Federal Court Site C dam decision.

An Ontario mining company's lawsuit against the provincial government for failing to consult and accommodate First Nations moved closer to trial.

The appeal of the Daniels decision on legislative authority for the Métis and non-status Indians is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on October 8th.

The 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Simon decision was celebrated in the Maritimes.

Off the Bookshelf

"...Canada needs to be constructed on a broader base, recognizing Indigenous legal traditions as giving rise to jurisdictional rights and obligations in our land."

John Borrows, Canada's Indigenous Constitution (2010)

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