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Aboriginal Law Report

April 17, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending April 17, 2016.

In the News

The Supreme Court released its decision in the Daniels case.

In light of the Daniels decision, it is a good time to consider what federal jurisdiction over Indians has meant.

The Nicola Chiefs pulled out of British Columbia's sewer sludge review process.

The settlement agreement for Camp Ipperwash lands was signed.

Opposition to the storage of natural gas in Nova Scotia continued.

The standoff over the proposed development of a LNG terminal on the British Columbia north coast intensified.

The pipeline debate continued.

Non-indigenous opposition to a proposed reserve on Vancouver Island continued.

First Nation support for an Ontario wind farm created non-Indigenous controversy.

The British Columbia government was criticized for its redaction of strength of claim information as part of an environmental review.

The Yukon government was criticized for its past support for Harper's Bill-S-6.

Canadians were challenged to read the Truth and Reconciliation report.

The federal government appeared to move closer to announcing support for the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in Treaty 9.

In Saskatchewan, First Nation leadership outlined their priorities.

The importance of modern land claims settlements was discussed.

From the Courts

Read the Daniels decision (for our excerpts click here). 

In Alberta, Stoney Nakoda claims against the CPR were dismissed, but claims against Encana were allowed to proceed to trial.

In Ontario, an injunction application against a forestry company was dismissed.

In British Columbia, the Gitanyow Chiefs amended their Aboriginal title claim.

Quote of the Week

“...this decision is one of the worst messes to come out of the SCC."

Dr. Pam Palmater on the Daniels decision

Off the Bookshelf

"Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.”

Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (1993)


Catch our cross-country series of workshops on emerging issues in Aboriginal Law by emailing 

  • 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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