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Aboriginal Law Report

February 7, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending February 7, 2016.

In the News

While the British Columbia government lobbied the federal government for support for LNG projects, opposition to pipelines continued to grow in British Columbia.

An agreement was signed on management of a large section of the British Columbia coast.

The federal government continues to face criticism for its treatment of residential school survivors.

A leaked report criticized Alberta for failing to protect the lower Athabasca region from oil sands development.

Land claims in Quebec were in the news.

The question of a First Nation 'veto' was again in the news.

The debate over John A. Macdonald's legacy continues.

Opposition to dumping sewer sludge on Indigenous lands intensified as an overturned truck spilled 'biosolds' into a creek in Secwepemc territory in British Columbia.

From the Courts

There was reaction to the recent Yukon Supreme Court decision that the federal government has failed to honourably negotiate a comprehensive land claim.

The Treaty 8 boundary trial was disrupted for want of a clerk.

A mining company filed a lawsuit against British Columbia based on an incremental treaty agreement.

New appointments are expected soon to the Specific Claims Tribunal.

Quote of the Week

""We need to complete the journey that began with the Calder decision."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip speaking at the 16th Western Canadian Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum in Vancouver

Off the Bookshelf

"There is clear evidence, unpalatable as it must be to some, that building large dams is not an appropriate means for feeding the world’s hungry, of providing energy, or of reducing flood damage. To conclude otherwise would be to accept as largely expendable the flora, the fauna, the population, and the land itself—the whole area affected by the dam—simply to further the political and financial interests of a very small minority."

Edward Goldsmith and Nicholas Hildyard, The Social and Environmental Effects of Large Dams (1984)

My Two Bits

Doubling Down on Denial (audio file)

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

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