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Aboriginal Law Report

January 10, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Our update for the week ending January 10, 2016.

In the News

On-the-ground opposition to BC Hydro's Site C dam on the Peace River intensified.

The debate in Saskatchewan over revenue sharing with First Nations continued.

Sharply contrasting views were expressed on the economic future for First Nations.

The Saskatchewan provincial government was criticized for interfering with Indigenous peoples' harvesting rights.

The British Columbia treaty process was back in the news.

Three Indigenous lawyers shared their views on the current state of the law.

A practical example of enforcing Indigenous laws was discussed.

  • First Nations, courts search for ways to use aboriginal customs and laws

The debate about the First Nation Financial Transparency Act continued.

An Indigenous scholar spoke on the Métis as treaty people.

From the Courts

The amount the Yukon has spent on the Peel River Watershed case was in the news.

Quote of the Week

“For too long we’ve been left out of the game. If you partner with First Nations, we can be the best partner you’ll ever have. If you don’t want to work with us, we can be your worst enemy as well.”

AFN Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson

Off the Bookshelf

"Euro-American colonialism, an aspect of the capitalist economic globalization, had from its beginnings a genocidal tendency."

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (2015)

My Two Bits

Voting requirements for modern treaties (audio file).

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

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