Top 5 Aboriginal Law Decisions of 2015
January 1, 2016
By Bruce McIvor
Here’s our list of most important Aboriginal law decisions of 2015.
- Following on the 2014 Uashaunnuat decision from Quebec, Saik’uz confirmed a First Nation’s right to bring an action against a third party based on still to be proven Aboriginal title and rights.
- Chartrand confirmed the Crown’s obligation to consult with Treaty First Nation’s about their unrecognized Aboriginal title and rights.
- A successful Charter challenge to the Indian Act’s registration provisions.
- A successful Charter challenge to the Ontario provincial government’s failure to implement the Gladue restorative justice principles.
- A successful duty to consult challenge to an environmental assessment scoping decision.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.
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