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Aboriginal Law Report

October 25, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending October 25, 2015

In the News

The election of a Liberal federal government led to uncertainty about the future of major resource development projects.

The relationship between the Energy East pipeline proponents and the new Liberal government is already raising concerns.

With the new Liberal government promising to review, amend and repeal laws passed by the former Conservative government that undermine Aboriginal rights, a new report details the impact of the Conservatives changes to laws protecting the environment.

The Liberals are expected to repeal controversial amendments to the Yukon’s Environmental and Socio-economic Act.

A well-known law professor says the federal government should stop spending money on fighting Indigenous Peoples' rights.

Alberta Chiefs met with the new provincial Premier to discuss implementing her government's commitments to First Nations.

The Tsilhqot'in and the British Columbia provincial government are taking cautious steps towards working together.

A new documentary film looks at the effects of the Victor diamond mine on Attawapiskat First Nation.

Amnesty International is investigating the social impact of large-scale natural resource developments on Canadian Indigenous communities.

Another proposed land development is raising concerns within the Six Nations of the Grand River.

The Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for greater respect for Indigenous laws.

Quote of the Week

"I’ve always chafed a bit at the dominant theory that’s held by white legal authorities who say that Indians had no knowledge, no tradition of owning property, To which I’ve always wanted to say out loud, ‘bullshit.’"

Justice Murray Sinclair 

From the Courts

The Federal Court stayed the federal government's attempt to enforce the First Nations Financial Transparency Act but denied Onion Lake Cree Nation's application for an injunction forcing the federal government to reinstate funding.

The Supreme Court of Canada's webcast of the Daniels' hearing is now available online.

The Supreme Court dismissed the Simon leave to appeal application.

While the Nuu-chah-nulth justification trial drags on in a Vancouver courtroom, an online petition seeks to bring it to an end.

Off the Bookshelf

"We must reinstall a national narrative built upon the centrality of the Aboriginal peoples' past, present and future. And the policies of the country must reflect that centrality, both conceptually and financially."

John Ralston Saul, The Comeback (2014)


Bruce McIvor is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.

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