Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending February 28, 2016.
In the News
A commentator raised the possibility that First Nations are partly to blame for real estate prices in Vancouver.
The federal Conservative party was urged to rethink its opposition to Indigenous Peoples' rights.
- ‘Getting relationship right with aboriginal people on natural resources front will unlock huge value for all Canadians,’ says Crowley
Expectations are building that the federal government will agree to negotiate a resolution to a long-outstanding legal challenge brought by Manitoba First Nations due to the flooding of their lands.
The federal government continues face pressure to intervene to stop the Site C dam on the Peace River.
The Kinder Morgan pipeline continues to face opposition from First Nations.
First Nations from northern Ontario made presentations to the United Nations on Canada's human rights violations.
- 'We need to be heard': Ontario First Nations woman addresses UN human rights committee
- 3 northwestern Ontario First Nations take water woes to UN
- Mercury-blighted community of Grassy Narrows takes its case to the UN
Northern Ontario First Nations called for better education about their treaty rights.
The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs released a legal opinion on the Tsilhqot'in Nation decision and the B.C. Treaty Process.
From the Courts
A First Nation filed a treaty land entitlement claim based on the Robinson-Superior Treaty.
A British Columbia First Nation received the first settlement award from the Specific Claims Tribunal.
The federal government announced it will not appeal the recent child welfare decision.
B.C. Hydro was in court seeking an injunction against protesters opposed to the Site C dam on the Peace River.
The Council of Yukon First Nations is supporting the leave to appeal application in the Peel River watershed case.
There was further discussion of the recently filed Kwikwetlem Aboriginal title case.
- Lawsuit of the week: First Nation sues for title over lands that include the site of the shuttered Riverview Hospital
Although the Court found there was no duty to consult, the Innu were successful in their challenge of a decision to build a wharf in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
My Two Bits
On the road for work and visiting family--back next week.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.
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