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Aboriginal Law Report

January 24, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending January 24, 2016.

In the News

First Nations reacted to the Nova Scotia provincial government's approval of a natural gas storage project 

TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline got good and bad news.

A Nova Scotia judge refused to sentence a pulp mill owner for an effluent discharge until a local First Nation is consulted.

A dispute over custody of a Métis child was heard at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver.

The National Energy Board's Kinder Morgan pipeline hearings opened to widespread condemnation.

Opposition to Site C dam continued.

The Manitoba provincial government's decision to charge so-called 'poachers' raised the issue of who is a 'Treaty Indian'.

The negotiation of the Algonquin land claim has raised differences across provincial borders.

A former member of the House of Lords scolded critics of John A. Macdonald.

From the Courts

As part of its commitment to review its litigation positions, the new federal government sought and was granted adjournments in the Courtoreille omnibus bill appeal and the Tsleil-Waututh challenge to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Another Métis hunting rights case is working its way through the courts in Saskatchewan.

The Secwepemc Aboriginal title claim to the Ajax mine site in British Columbia continued to make the news.

Quote of the Week

“"Kinder Morgan, make my day, take your pipeline, go away!"

Opponents of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline

Off the Bookshelf

"We must not forget that the availability of options--a wide range of available choices in life-style and environment--is an essential part of individual freedom."

Richard C. Bocking, Canada's Water: For Sale? (1972)

My Two Bits

Indian Act status and Treaty rights (audio file)

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

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