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Aboriginal Law Report

November 29, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending November 29, 2015.
 

In the News

As new concerns about the Mount Polley mine emerged, British Columbia and Alaska agreed to a closer working relationship on the development and operation of mines.

While protests continue, B.C. Hydro pushed ahead with work on the Site C dam on the Peace River.

There is growing Indigenous opposition to the proposed development at Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River.

First Nation businesses in Treaty 8 claim they are not getting their fair share of business from local oil and gas development.

The Manitoba government introduced legislation to fund its portion of the construction of 'Freedom Road' for Shoal Lake #40 First Nation.

Criticism of the National Energy Board's review processes for pipelines continues to increase.

In Treaty 9, a junior mining company announced a deal to assess the feasibility of a transportation corridor to the 'Ring of Fire' while a new documentary film was released on First Nations potentially affected by the proposed development.

The Manitoba government announced new support for Indigenous land use planning.

The issue of Indigenous sovereignty made an unexpected reappearance in Quebec.

The Saulteau First Nation celebrated its new reconciliation agreement with the British Columbia provincial government.

New approaches are being considered to save the water of north-east British Columbia from fracking and dams. 

A former advisor to Stephen Harper warned of economic disaster if the federal government implement's UNDRIP as promised.

From the Courts

Three fishing industry associations were granted intervenor standing in the Ahousaht infringement trial.

A Treaty 3 woman received an advance costs award to allow her to pursue a class action on behalf of former students of the Fort William Indian Hospital Sanatorium School.

Blueberry River First Nations filed for a judicial review of British Columbia government's LNG contract with Petronas.

Fort McMurray First Nation filed a lawsuit against a coal company over a waste water spill into the Athabasca River.

Quote of the Week

"This is stupid to the last drop of the Peace River."
 
Ken Boon, Peace Valley Landowners Association

Off the Bookshelf

"Only by heeding the voices of our ancestors can we restore our nations and put peace, power, and righteousness back into the hearts and minds of our people."

Taiaiake Alfred, Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (2009)

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

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