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Aboriginal Law Report

January 31, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending January 31, 2016.

In the News

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation people in the provision of child welfare on reserves.

While opposition continues against the Site C dam, the impact on Indigenous people of the WAC Bennett Dam on the Peace River has still not been resolved.

The federal government announced interim measures to address ongoing National Energy Board pipeline reviews.

The Premier of British Columbia lashed out at opponents of proposed liquified natural gas developments.

The Kaska Dene signed a land-management plan with the Yukon.

Indigenous people were successful in having a provincial court judge order the return of the remains of a grizzly bear illegally killed by a professional hockey player.

From the Courts

Here's the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on child welfare:

The Yukon Supreme Court held the federal government has not honourably negotiated the Taku River Tlingit Yukon Transboundary Claim.

As the Nuu-chah-nulth Fisheries justification trial surpassed 100 court days, the federal government was urged to amend its legal position.

The Supreme Court has been asked to hear the proposed Clyde River and Chippewas of the Thames River appeals together.

Quote of the Week

"“A whole generation of children has grown up under this discrimination...."

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Off the Bookshelf

"Too often Indian policy continued to be administered by people who had low regard for Indians and their potential, and to whom it would never have occurred either to undertake serious self-examination of policy failures or to consult with the victims of those policies about how improvement might be effected."

D.J. Hall, From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870-1905 (2015)

My Two Bits

Veto vs consent (audio file)

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

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Carolyn Martin(4 years ago)
Thank you for sharing this very important information.

Bruce McIvor(4 years ago)
Thanks, Carolyn--glad you find these updates of interest.

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