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Aboriginal Law Report

May 8, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending May 8, 2016.

In the News

Enbridge asked the National Energy Board for an extension.

Opponents of the Site C dam on the Peace River in British Columbia continue to press for the cancellation of the project.

In British Columbia, the Secwepemc began their own environmental assessment of a proposed mine.

In Ontario, the National Capital Commission was criticized for not consulting the Algonquin on land use decisions.

Should British Columbia be renamed Traditional Native Territories?

In British Columbia, a protest was held against ceremonial fisheries charges.

Non-Indigenous opposition against a proposed new reserve on Vancouver Island continued.

In Alberta, legislation was introduced to repeal the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act.

Doubts continued to be raised about the significance of the British Columbia treaty process.

The Yukon government was criticized for its process for negotiating an agreement the Kaska Nations. 

A British Columbia mining company was criticized for its poor relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

With a new appointment to the Supreme Court pending, the small number of Indigenous judges was again in the news.

Here's a useful backgrounder on the Daniels decision (thanks to my friend David Peerla for sending this along).

How much will be solved by eliminating the Indian Act?

Quote of the Week

“If First Nations don’t want federal and provincial laws applying to us, we’ve got to create our own laws and follow our own laws, and we have them. We just need to assert First Nations jurisdiction.”

AFN Nation Chief Perry Bellegarde

Off the Bookshelf

"The future distribution of energy and resources among communities should be based on the integration of human and natural ecosystems. Such a restructuring of priorities may be crucial if people and nature are to survive."

Carolyn Merchant, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution (1980)

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

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