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Aboriginal Law Report

November 22, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending November 22, 2015.

In the News

Indigenous opposition to the proposed Energy East pipeline continued to intensify and now includes a proposal for a Canada-wide Indigenous treaty against tar sands expansion.

The federal government's plan to impose a ban on crude oil tankers on British Columbia's north coast is causing industry consternation and reviving alternative proposals.

While the debate over an LNG terminal on the British Columbia north coast continues, Tsawwassen First Nation proposed building a terminal near Vancouver.

While First Nations and the Metis in northern Alberta met with the provincial government to discuss consultation and environmental review processes, the benefits of working with First Nations was emphasized.

The new federal Justice Minister will reconsider the exclusion of Newfoundland and Labrador from the residential school settlement agreement.

In Manitoba, a group of First Nations and the provincial government are working on better processes to involve First Nations in the mining industry including revenue sharing.

Indigenous lawyer Linda Thomas received an award for her work on access to justice for Indigenous people.

Despite the Ontario Municipal Board's appeal decision, opposition continues to grow against a plan to redevelop Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River.

The 50th anniversary of the "Kenora Indian March" was commemorated.

From the Courts

Treaty 8 First Nations were back in court challenging government approvals for the Site C dam in northern British Columbia while the provincial NDP raised the possibility of cancelling the project.

A right-wing 'think tank' bemoaned the possible consequences of the Sai'kuz decision from the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Quote of the Week

“Until the bear speaks only the narrative of the hunter will be known. It is time for the bear to speak."
Fred Kelly, Sr., "Kenora Indian March" Organizer

Off the Bookshelf

" litigation is an ongoing exercise that filters Aboriginal pasts through multiple sets of academic and legal models, or lenses, to affirm or deny Aboriginal and tribal rights."

Arthur J. Ray, Telling it to the Judge: Taking Native History to Court (2011) 

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

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