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Aboriginal Law Report

March 13, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending March 13, 2016.

In the News

While the debate continued over provincial versus federal authority over pipelines, Transcanada's negotiation of an agreement with a Saskatchewan First Nation was criticized.

Over 100 scientists urged the federal government to reject a draft environmental assessment for an LNG terminal on the British Columbia north coast.

Mi'Kmaq First Nations opposed a proposed oil terminal in New Brunswick.

In British Columbia, the debate continues over the Site C dam and the Secwepemc Aboriginal title claim to the Ajax mine site near Kamloops.

Neighbouring First Nations raised concerns about the recently signed negotiation agreement between the British Columbia provincial government and the Tsilhqot’in.

The federal government invited Yukon First Nations to participate in a review of amendments to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act

Support is growing for First Nation courts in British Columbia.

The debate over fracking in New Brunswick has highlighted the poor relationship between the provincial government and First Nations.

From the Courts

The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in the Chippewas of the Thames and the Clyde River duty to consult cases and ordered they be heard together.

A newly filed Aboriginal title claim by the James Bay Cree of Quebec to land in northeastern Ontario raised concerns among their Indigenous neighbours 

The Williams Lake Indian Band announced it will ask the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of the Federal Court's recent decision to dismiss its specific claim.

The courts have raised concerns about a lack of clarity on Aboriginal hunting rights in New Brunswick.

The Nova Scotia provincial court ruled the Crown failed to properly consult the Waycobah First Nation about the enforcement of fisheries charges against two members.

The Lax Kw'alaams amended its Aboriginal title claim to land on the north coast of British Columbia.

Quote of the Week

“If you want to start a relationship, the first thing you do is you start to have a conversation and dialogue."

Chief Ron Tremblay, Wolastoq Grand Council

Off the Bookshelf

"Canadian law can sometimes be used with great effect, but only if Indigenous cultural values, traditions and authorities are simultaneously part of this process."

John Borrows, Canada's Indigenous Constitution (2010)

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

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