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Aboriginal Law Report

April 24, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending April 24, 2016.

In the News

To build or not to build pipelines: the debate continues.

A Chinese company's interest in building a railway to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development in Treaty 9 was in the news.

Parliament will have an opportunity to debate the implementation of UNDRIP.

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to reject the Sisson Mine proposal in New Brunswick.

The Tsilhqo'tin are working to reassure local non-Indigenous people that they have nothing to fear from Aboriginal title.

With the Daniels decision having led to greater confusion as to who is an 'Indian', the Anishinabek Nation in Ontario is pressing ahead with its own citizenship law.

The federal government's relationship with Indigenous Peoples drew praise in New Zealand.

The need to fulfill the residential school settlement was in the news.

Questions were raised about the purported Indigenous support for a proposed LNG terminal on British Columbia's north coast.

A proposed wind farm in southern Ontario continued to make the news.

Sipekne'katik First Nation maintained its opposition to a proposed natural gas storage project in Nova Scotia.

From the Courts

The British Columbia Court of Appeal set aside a 2015 duty to consult decision and remitted it to the trial judge for further consideration.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court dismissed an appeal of night hunting convictions.

The Quebec Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal challenging provincial gasoline tax laws.

With its duty to consult case scheduled to be heard this fall at the Supreme Court, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation are considering an injunction against Enbridge continuing to operate its pipeline.

Quote of the Week

“This Indian Act is genocide."

Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee

Off the Bookshelf

"It was as though, as a result of some disturbance in the heavens, the early morning light was always receding into the darkness, and men lived in a perpetual dawn."

V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River (1979)


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

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