Aboriginal Law Report
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.
- Liberals Blasted For Underfunding Of First Nations Child Welfare
- Northeastern Ontario leaders react to 2016 Liberal federal budget
- Trudeau’s empty budget promises on the nation-to-nation relationship
- Budget vows to do better than Kelowna Accord for First Nations
- Major indigenous funding restores last Liberal government’s promises
- Budget 'historic' for First Nations, says national chief, but others say it falls short
- Liberals criticized for underfunding of First Nations child welfare
- Doug Cuthand: Budget turning point for First Nations
The new federal government was urged to reverse legislative changes made by the former Harper government through its omnibus bills.
- First Nations, Scientists and Conservationists Call for Swift Action by Fisheries Minister to Scale up Fish Protection
- Liberals urged to repeal former Tory government’s changes to Fisheries Act
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.
- Province working with feds on Pacific NorthWest LNG delay: Coleman
- First Nation Leadership: Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman's Facebook Comment Was "Misleading"
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)
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