Aboriginal Law Report
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.
- Kanesatake grand chief vows to pull out stops to fight Energy East pipeline
- Will we ever build another pipeline?: Pape
- Oil-by-rail’s biggest hurdle: a love of pipelines
- Canada's TransMountain pipeline a threat to state's tribes
- Editorial: Oil-fighting chief loses credibility (with poll)
- Pipeline of Ignorance (my comment on the above Calgary Herald editorial)
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.
- Lax Kw’alaam Band gives green light to Pacific NorthWest – with conditions
- Smyth: All sides playing politics with B.C.'s LNG project approval
- Three month delay on Pacific NorthWest LNG
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.
- Proposed AOO treaty could threaten First Nations land rights
- Algonquins of Pikwakanagan reject AOO modern treaty
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.
- Justice Murray Sinclair accepts 'sacred' appointment to Senate
- Justice Murray Sinclair plans to foster reconciliation from the Senate
From the Courts
The Quebec James Bay Cree Aboriginal title claim to land in Ontario continued draw attention from other Indigenous Peoples.
- Cree lawsuit seeking title includes Algonquin territory, chiefs say
- They should be standing with us, Cree Grand Chief
The Supreme Court will hear an appeal brought by the Ktunaxa based on the Charter's protection of religious freedom.
- B.C. First Nations fight to protect grizzly's sacred ground from ski resort
- Supreme Court grants appeal to Ktunaxa natives in battle over proposed ski resort on sacred land
- Top court to hear case of ski resort versus First Nations spiritual beliefs
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.
- Canada's Notice of Motion for Judicial Review of Akisq'nuk Decision
- Open Letter to Ministers Carolyn Bennett and Jody Wilson-Raybould: Immediate Withdrawal of Judicial Review Application re: Akisq'nuk First Nation’s Specific Claim
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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