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Aboriginal Law Report

October 11, 2015

.By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending October 11, 2015.

In the News

After six court days, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline hearing wrapped up in Vancouver.

As part of its election platform, the federal Conservative party promised to introduce legislation creating private property in reserve lands one First Nation at a time.

First Nations in the Nicola Valley and the British Columbia provincial government reached agreement on a process to assess the application of sewer sludge.

Indigenous people continued to disagree about proposed pipelines.

Shoal Lake #40 First Nation, which has been on a water advisory for nearly 20 years, is taking its case to the United Nations.

Diamond exploration in northern Ontario raises concerns.

With the British Columbia treaty process stalled, the provincial government continues to sign interim agreements with First Nations.

Two British Columbia films about Aboriginal rights and title and treaty rights were featured at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

A new Indigenous history of the United States tackles the issue of reparations while a new book on Indigenous people in Canada looks for good news.

From the Courts

The Daniels appeal was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador released a decision on the admissibility of expert evidence in a class action case involving Aboriginal children at provincial boarding schools.

Off the Bookshelf

Indigenous laws "have long been suppressed by the West because they deny the underlying legal legitimacy and moral foundation of the West's continual colonial hegemony over indigenous tribal peoples."

Robert A. Williams, Jr., Linking Arms Together: American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1600-1800 (1999)

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