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Aboriginal Law Report

March 20, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending March 20, 2016.

In the News

The future of proposed pipelines was again in the news.

With the federal government's decision on the proposed LNG terminal on the British Columbia north coast expected soon, Lax Kw'alaam's new leadership shifted its position on the project.

The Site C dam on the Peace River continues to make the news.

British Columbia First Nations continued to oppose the dumping of sewage sludge on Indigenous lands.

Litigation based on the Sixties Scoop was again in the news.

Manitoba First Nations planned to travel to Ottawa to vent their frustration with a lack of progress on fulfilling outstanding treaty land entitlements.

The proposed Algonquin land claim settlement in Ontario continued to divide First Nations.

Saskatchewan First Nations raised the issue of health care as a Treaty right.

The mining industry lamented the 'uncertainty' around Aboriginal title in British Columbia.

Justice Sinclair was appointed to the Senate.

From the Courts

The Quebec James Bay Cree Aboriginal title claim to land in Ontario continued draw attention from other Indigenous Peoples.

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal brought by the Ktunaxa based on the Charter's protection of religious freedom. 

The federal government filed its response to the Secwepemc Aboriginal title claim to the Ajax mine site near Kamloops.

In New Brunswick, an oil terminal development company appeared in court to trumpet its First Nation 'consultation log'.

The federal government filed for another judicial review of a Specific Claims Tribunal decision.

Quote of the Week

"I would rather starve before I took one dime from these guys."

Grand Chief of Kanesatake Serge Simon on the Energy East pipeline

Off the Bookshelf

"The original sound may be harmless, but the echo is always evil."

E.M. Forster, A Passage to India (1924)

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

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