Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvorOur 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.
- B.C., Alaska sign co-operation agreement on mines in cross-border watersheds
- Stephen Hume: Clark needs to step up on environment
While protests continue, B.C. Hydro pushed ahead with work on the Site C dam on the Peace River.
- Pictures tell tale of Site C work
- B.C. slammed over announcing huge Site C deal while project's future uncertain
There is growing Indigenous opposition to the proposed development at Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River.
- Ottawa Zibi condo project now faces opposition from Quebec Algonquins
- Algonquin chiefs pass resolution to protect sacred land at Chaudière Falls
- Nine Algonquin chiefs, AFNQL oppose ‘Zibi’ condos and resolve to protect sacred area in Ottawa/Gatineau
- Quebec Algonquins want AFN to oppose Ottawa’s Zibi condo project
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.
- National Energy Board should let the aboriginal elders speak freely without constraints
- Opinion: Liberal government must act fast
- Trudeau government put to test over pipeline
- First Nations elders to get full hearing at NEB
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.
- KWG Resources signs deal with China Rail for Ring of Fire feasibility study
- First Nations have their voices heard in a new Ring of Fire documentary
The Manitoba government announced new support for Indigenous land use planning.
- New provincial commitment for Indigenous land use planning good news for communities, conservation
- Progress on First Nations' stake in mining bodes well
The issue of Indigenous sovereignty made an unexpected reappearance in Quebec.
- AFN chief Ghislain Picard tells Parti Québécois council he is a sovereignist
- Editorial: Aboriginals, sovereignty and Quebec
- Quebec partition — can the PQ dance around separation's borderline issue?
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.
- Judge grants 82-year-old woman advance costs in case rejected by 18 lawyers
- Fontaine v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 ONSC 7007
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
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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