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Aboriginal Law Report

December 6, 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending December 6, 2015.

In the News

First Nations reacted to New Brunswick's approval of the proposed Sisson mine.

While the Northern Gateway project remains in limbo, First Nations are increasing their opposition to other pipeline proposals and the National Energy Board's procedures.

Grassy Narrows marked the anniversary of its clear-cut logging blockade.

Ontario's handling of the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in Treaty 9 came under criticism.

British Columbia agreed to a further water discharge at the Mount Polley mine.

The role of treaties in the swearing in of the new federal government became an issue.

Hope still remains that the Site C dam on the Peace River will not proceed.

From the Courts

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are intending to file a Supreme Court leave to appeal application regarding the Federal Court of Appeal's recent Enbridge Line 9 decision.

The Ross River Dena were unsuccessful in their legal challenge to the issuing of hunting licences in the Yukon.

First Nations celebrated the historic 1985 Simon decision from the Supreme Court.

Off the Bookshelf

"Indigenous peoples offer possibilities for life after empire, possibilities that neither erase the crimes of colonization nor require the disappearance of the original peoples colonized under the guise of including them as individuals."

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (2015)

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

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