Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvorOur update for the week ending December 13, 2015.
In the News
The federal government announced its plans to hold an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.
- Liberals to unveil consultation process for inquiry into indigenous women
- Alberta families welcome inquiry into murdered indigenous women
Ontario released its mining development strategy.
There's new hope that cuts to First Nations social assistance rates will not go ahead as planned.
Shawanaga First Nation is starting to implement its new land code under the First Nations Land Management Act.
The proposed development at Chaudiere Falls on the Ottawa River continues to face opposition.
The City of Winnipeg approved funding for its contribution towards the design costs of Shoal Lake #40's Freedom Road.
First Nations in northern British Columbia are facing a deadline on a provincial revenue sharing offer for three proposed LNG pipelines.
The new federal government renewed its commitment to implement UNDRIP.
- Trudeau signals more power for First Nations over economic development
- Doug Cuthand: New era begins in aboriginal relations
First Nations are waiting for the new federal government to release millions of dollars being withheld under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
A columnist for the National Post accused the federal government of 'throwing money' at First Nations.
- John Ivison: Trudeau’s embrace of First Nations laudable, but throwing money at their problems isn’t the answer
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip called on the federal government to stop the Site C dam project.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde outlined the argument for a new relationship between First Nations and the federal government.
Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation's negotiation for a new national park on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake was touted as an alternative path to resolving land claims.
Protests against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline intensified.
From the Courts
Kelly Lake Cree Nation's comprehensive claim has been supported by the Assembly of First Nations.
Charges against the First Nations Kahnawake Winery are making there way through the courts.
The potential effects of the Saik'uz and Uashaunnuat decisions continue to be discussed by industry.
Quote of the Week
"We were never meant to be poor in our own homelands."
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Off the Bookshelf
"The past is more than a memory."
John Trudell, What it Means to Be a Human Being, (2001)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.
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