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Aboriginal Law Report

November 15, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending November 15, 2015.

In the News

The Liberal Government has committed to implementing UNDRIP.

The new Liberal government's intention to ban oil tankers on British Columbia's north coast appears to sound the death knell for Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. 

Indigenous opposition to Pacific NorthWest's proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island is increasing.

With obstacles to pipelines mounting comes a proposal to ship crude oil by rail from northern Alberta to Alaska.

The new federal government is promising to review the federal government's environmental assessment processes and modernize the National Energy Board to include expertise in Indigenous knowledge.

The new federal Minister of Justice's mandate letter includes:

  • developing an inquiring into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls;
  • reviewing the federal government's litigation strategy to drop appeals inconsistent with the Charter and Canadian values;
  • reforming the process for appointing Supreme Court of Canada justices;
  • repealing key elements of Bill C-51; and
  • reinstating the Court Challenges Program.

Non-Indigenous hunters protested against Mi'kmaw moose hunting.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous people protested Montreal's raw sewage dump into the St. Lawrence River while dumping sewer sludge in British Columbia unites First Nations and their neighbours.

Yukon First Nations say they were not properly consulted about proposed changes to oil and gas legislation.

A local First Nation supports the expansion of a ski resort east of Vancouver.

From the Courts

The Specific Claims Tribunal's decision on Blueberry River's and Doig River's reserve land continued to make the news.

The Yukon Court of Appeal's Peel River watershed decision has left people asking what next.

Following its success in the Chartrand decision, Kwakiutl First Nation has signed a letter of intent with British Columbia committing the two parties to developing a treaty implementation process.

Quote of the Week

"It would appear after a long dark night the sun has finally risen in the east."
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs

Off the Bookshelf

"Canadians need to get serious about being treaty peoples and realize that the responsibility for doing so lies with everyone, not just with governments and the courts."

Greg Poelzer and Ken Coates, From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians (2015)


Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.

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Richard White(4 years ago)
Thanks Bruce and Co. for providing this weekly summary and for your Posts for your insight and research as well. Smart move on the Sunday release too -- more time to read.

Bruce McIvor(4 years ago)
Thanks, Richard. We really appreciate the feedback. This has turned out to be a very popular feature and we enjoy putting it together.

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