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Aboriginal Law Report

April 10, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending April 10, 2016.

In the News

The Alberta provincial government renewed its support for proposed pipelines.

Fulfilment of treaty land entitlement obligations to First Nations has become an issue in the Manitoba election.

Saskatchewan First Nations are optimistic about a possible negotiated settlement for their treaty annuity payment specific claim.

In response to intense opposition from First Nations and non-Indigenous people, the British Columbia provincial government has committed to a review of sewer sludge regulations.

Although the mining sector is in a downturn, the discussion about if, when and how to develop the Ring of Fire in northern Ontario continues.

Questions continued to be asked about British Columbia's planned Site C dam on the Peace River.

A landless British Columbia First Nation working to acquire its own reserve is facing opposition from local non-Indigenous people. 

A new British Columbia treaty came into effect.

While Indigenous people continue to have differing views on proposed LNG developments in British Columbia, the provincial NDP came out against a project on the north coast.

In Australia, a debate emerged about 'settlers' vs 'invaders'.

The issue of constitutionally protected Indigenous language rights is gathering growing support.

Lawyers, including yours truly, continue to debate the past, present and future of the duty to consult and accommodate.

An Uneasy Duty

From the Courts

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on the question of retaining the records of residential school survivors.

The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench struck out a claim brought by members of the Mikisew Cree First Nation challenging an agreement settling a treaty entitlement lawsuit.

BC Hydro's position on UNDRIP (part of one of the ongoing lawsuits over Site C) was criticized by First Nations.

  • Indigenous leaders slam B.C. Hydro for "appalling" rejection of UN declaration

The Supreme Court announced it will deliver its decision in the Daniels appeal on Thursday, April 14th.

Quote of the Week

“Site C is a stupid idea.”

Chief Roland Wilson

Off the Bookshelf

"The general policy of the twentieth century was to try to make the most of resources, make Nature perform to the utmost, and hope for the best."

J.R. McNeill, Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (2000)


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  • Toronto, April 20th
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  • Ottawa, May 4th
  • Montreal (date not yet confirmed)
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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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Ken(4 years ago)
Looking forward to being better informed.

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