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Aboriginal Law Report

March 27, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending March 27, 2016.

In the News

The new federal budget drew mixed reviews from Indigenous Peoples.

The new federal government was urged to reverse legislative changes made by the former Harper government through its omnibus bills.

The issue of Indigenous representation was raised in the Manitoba provincial election.

A northern Saskatchewan First Nation voiced renewed concerns about a lack of consultation.

Questions were raised about the new federal justice minister's previous role in opposing the Site C dam on the Peace River.

Following several legal challenges, there was optimism that a British Columbia First Nation had finally gained greater control of fisheries management.

First Nations in northwestern Ontario moved closer to managing local forestry.

The issue of resource revenue sharing with First Nations was raised during the Saskatchewan provincial election.

The Crown's position on the Secwepemc Aboriginal title claim was criticized.

British Columbia's lobbying for a LNG terminal on the north coast drew criticism from First Nations.

Wolverine died.

From the Courts

A Saskatchewan First Nation lost its court challenge of a government decision to not transfer specific treaty entitlement lands.

Quote of the Week

"When we use these conversations about giving credit for first steps, it sometimes distracts away from what is actually happening to the kids."

Dr. Cindy Blackstock on the federal budget

Off the Bookshelf

"We must hope that during the twenty-first century humanity will work out a new balance between adequate energy use to sustain a decent quality of life and the imperative of not affecting the biosphere in ways inimical to human survival."

Vaclav Smil, Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems (2008)

Upcoming

I'll be giving a public lecture at the First Nations University in Regina on April 6th--if you'd like to attend.

Join me in Toronto on April 20th for the first in a series of workshops on emerging issues in Aboriginal law--click here for details.

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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