Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvorOur update for the week ending December 27, 2015.
In the News
There was negative reaction to the federal government's decision to stop enforcing the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.
- Kelly McParland: Ottawa pleads openness while reducing First Nations transparency
- Financial transparency? No, it’s not a trick to subvert native governments
- The Transparency Act is one Harper law Trudeau should have left alone
The federal government has restarted its environmental assessment of the proposed Petronas LNG terminal on Lelu Island in British Columbia.
The National Energy Board was urged to postpone its pipeline reviews pending new directions from the federal government while protestors disrupted the operation of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline.
- Group calls for delayed NEB review of TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline
- First Nations leaders call for pipeline review process to be stopped
- Protest at valve site disrupts operations on Line 9 pipeline in Sarnia
- Enbridge Line 9 pipeline protest prompts three arrests
Kelly Lake Cree Nation warned of the cumulative impacts of development on their Aboriginal title and rights.
There's growing support for the federal government's planned ban on crude oil tankers on the British Columbia north coast.
The filing of the environmental assessment application for the proposed Ajax mine near Kamloops, British Columbia has been delayed.
Local residents have purchased a site in British Columbia's Nicola Valley slated for sewer sludge dumping.
- Group of 19 residents purchase BioCentral’s Dry Lake property
- Homeowners near Merritt, B.C. buy land to keep human biosolids away
The BBC ran a radio documentary on Indigenous people in Malaysia disturbingly reminiscent of the residential school experience in Canada.
From the Courts
The Ross River Dena Council will appeal Ross River Dena Council v. Yukon (Government of), 2015 YKSC 45.
The Williams Treaties First Nations were successful in their application to be added as a party to a judicial review challenging the Ontario provincial government's Interim Enforcement Policy regarding their constitutional rights.
The proponent behind the cancelled Jumbo Glacier Resort in British Columbia has filed a lawsuit against the provincial government.
Quote of the Week
"It's not going to be a way of life for our people any longer because of the cumulative impacts."
"We have been lectured by every redneck peckerwood who can man a typewriter about how harmless these names and symbols are."
Vine Deloria, Jr. on Indigenous sports mascots, Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact (1997)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.
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