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Aboriginal Law Report

May 1, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending May 1, 2016.

In the News

While the federal and provincial governments discussed the possibility of bulding pipelines, Indigenous opposition continues

While one pipeline received NEB approval, another will have to undergo a provincial environmental assessment.

The Secwepemc reiterated their opposition to a mine in the British Columbia interior.

The Alberta provincial government reached an agreement with Treaty 8 First Nations amidst speculation that it would soon repeal the province's much maligned consultation legislation.

The controversy over the residential school settlement continued.

The Gwich'in Tribal Council's board of directors approved its self-government agreement-in-principle.

The future of the Indian Act is again being debated.

A proposed southern Ontario wind farm continues to cause controversy. 

In northern Ontario a company owned by local First Nations is consulting about a proposed new transmission line.

Here's a good backgrounder on the Primer Minister's visit to Saskatchewan.

In Australia, the debate over treaty vs constitutionalized rights continued.

From the Courts

The British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed a McLeod Lake Indian Band member's claim for damages due to forestry activities within his trap line and guiding area.

Fort McKay First Nation filed a lawsuit over a proposed oilsands development.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to immediately implement 'Jordan’s Principle'.

Quote of the Week

“Consultation is meaningless unless there is also a need to accommodate the concerns of First Nations."

Doug Cuthand

Off the Bookshelf

"The momentum behind our impulse to control nature may be too strong to stop. But the likelihood of defeat is not an excuse to avoid trying."

Bill McKibben, The End of Nature (1989)

Upcoming

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  • Ottawa, May 4th

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

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