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Aboriginal Law Report

April 3, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending April 3, 2016.

In the News

The federal government continues to pursue former Native Leasing employees for income tax payments. 

Canada's first Indigenous Justice Minister was profiled.

Two northern British Columbia First Nations proclaimed their own water law.

After nearly 20 year of negotiations, a northern Ontario First Nation received a settlement offer for an unlawful land expropriation.

The Grand Council of the Crees Aboriginal title claim in Ontario continues to raise concerns.

In Ontario there was a renewed discussion about the justice system and Indigenous people.

The Governor General discussed Indigenous issues in northern Ontario.

Indigenous Peoples continue to wait for the Pope to apologize.

Métis in northern Alberta complained about a lack of consultation over oil sands development.

There was a call for Indigenous-led environmental assessments.

Regina will identify ways to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations.

The new federal budget continues to be discussed.

First Nations in southern Ontario called for a dam's removal.

The importance of the Tsilhqot'in Nation's tribal park was assessed.

The New Brunswick provincial government was urged to cancel its moratorium on fracking.

Manitoba's Treaty Commissioner's term came to an end.

Opposition to the Site C dam on the Peace River continues.

From the Courts

With the announced retirement of Justice Cromwell, the possibility of the first Indigenous member of the Supreme Court was discussed.

Two northern British Columbia First Nations filed an appeal of the water licences for the Site C dam.

A British Columbia First Nation overcame a procedural challenge to its lawsuit alleging a failure to consult about an incremental treaty agreement.

The Supreme Court set November 30th as the date for hearing the Chippewas of the Thames and Clyde River duty to consult appeals.

Quote of the Week

“You can do it our way, or not do business at all.”

Nadleh Whut’en Chief Martin Louie.

Off the Bookshelf

"Why then do you try to 'enlarge' your mind? Subtilize it."

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)


I'll be giving a public lecture at the First Nations University in Regina on April 6th. Click here for details.

Emerginging Issues in Aboriginal Law Workshops

Catch our cross-country series of workshops by emailing 

  • Vancouver, April 15th: full--register now for the next one
  • Toronto, April 20th
  • Thunder Bay, April 28th
  • Ottawa, May 4th
  • Montreal (date not yet confirmed)
  • Winnipeg (date not yet confirmed)

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

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Rena Stevenson(4 months ago)
I would like to revive updated information regarding First Nations

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