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Aboriginal Law Report

February 14, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending February 14, 2016.

In the News

The future of energy resource development was discussed at a Vancouver conference.

The modern treaty process continues to divide Indigenous people.

The federal government is reviewing its position on a technical legal argument it has relied on to deny compensation to residential school survivors. 

The federal government released its draft environmental assessment report for the proposed LNG terminal on the British Columbia northwest coast.

British Columbia First Nation leaders urged the provincial government to temper its adversarial rhetoric.

TransCanada's proposed Energy East pipeline continues to face opposition.

The British Columbia provincial government and the Tslihqot'in Nation agreed to a protocol to negotiate agreements affecting Tsilhqot'in Aboriginal title lands.

Opposition continued to the dumping of sewer sludge.

The British Columbia provincial government was criticized for bypassing an independent review of the Site C dam. 

The difference between 'veto' and 'consent' continues to be debated.

From the Courts

First Nations filed a lawsuit against the federal government to recover lost oil and gas revenue.

Another British Columbia First Nation filed an Aboriginal title claim.

A British Columbia mining company filed a lawsuit against the federal government for its 2014 decision to not approve an open pit mine in Tsilhqot'in territory.

The Esquimalt First Nation filed a claim to treaty lands in the greater Victoria area.

A member of the Tahltan First Nation was found guilty of hunting charges in the Yukon.

Quote of the Week

“Our Premier has described us as ‘rag tag’ and the ‘forces of no,’ but I’m proud to be part of that group,”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Off the Bookshelf

"...the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1980)

My Two Bits

On holidays with my family--back next week.

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

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