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Aboriginal Law Report

January 3, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending January 3, 2016.

In the News

An Ottawa paper published excerpts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The painful legacy of Canada's '60s Scoop was in the news.

While the possibility of a legal challenge to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline was raised, hearings for another TransCanada pipeline were scheduled.

A referendum will be held in May to decide whether Nunavut municipalities will be allowed to sell lands in fee simple.

The provincial New Democrat Party's withdraw of support for revenue sharing with First Nations raised a debate in Saskatchewan.

A major Canadian forestry company bemoaned the impact of the Forest Stewardship Council standards.

From the Courts

The Treaty 8 boundary trial is scheduled to continue through 2016.

Lawyers continued to consider the possible effects of the Saik'uz and Uashaunnaut decisions.

Off the Bookshelf

The Doctrine of Discovery "confirmed the superior rights of a European-derived nation to the lands occupied by 'infidels, heathens, and savages,' encouraged further efforts by white society to acquire the Indians' 'waste' lands, and vested authority in a centralized sovereign to regulate the Indians' dispossession according to national interest, security, and sometimes even honor."

Robert A. Williams, Jr. The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest (1990)

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

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