Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvorOur update for the week ending December 6, 2015.
In the News
First Nations reacted to New Brunswick's approval of the proposed Sisson mine.
- Sisson mine project slammed by aboriginal leaders
- Sisson Mine project given EIA approval, Brian Kenny says
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.
- Enbridge taking time on deciding next move on Northern Gateway pipeline
- Manitoba chief wants AFN to back pipeline occupation
- First Nations speak against oil pipeline expansion across Prairies
- Why the Northern Gateway project is probably dead
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.
- Province dinged on the 'Ring of Fire'
- Minister welcomes mining report
- Ontario Chamber of Commerce mining report calls for more investment
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.
- Whitehorse Daily Star: Consultation preceded issuance of licences: court
- Ross River Dena lose case seeking consultation on hunting licences
- Ross River Dena Council v Yukon, 2015 YKSC 45
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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