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Aboriginal Law Report

May 15, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending May 15, 2016.

In the News

Canada abandoned its remaining opposition to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On Vancouver Island, non-Indigenous people continued to oppose the establishment of an Indian reserve.

In Manitoba, a First Nation blocked access to three Manitoba Hydro sites.

The fight against an LNG facility on British Columbia's north coast was taken to the United Nations.

Opposition to proposed pipelines continued.

The federal government still has an opportunity to halt the construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

The British Columbia Auditor-General's report on the province's failure to properly monitor mining companies led to calls for greater First Nation involvement.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's recent ruling continued to make the news.

Calls continued for an Indigenous appointment to the Supreme Court.

There were calls for a reconsideration of the scope of the residential schools agreement.

Pundits continue chip away at the Canadian creation myth.

With the federal government moving towards election reform, the effect on First Nations was in the news.

Not everyone is enamoured with the federal government's supposed new relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

From the Courts

Several Mi'kmaq First Nations filed a lawsuit against New Brunswick's forestry legislation.

First Nations in British Columbia were awarded $230,000 in court costs based on their successful challenge to the province's environmental assessment equivalency agreement with the federal government.

The Provincial Court of Nova Scotia recommended that a portion of a fine levied against a pulp mill go to a local First Nation.

Quote of the Week

“The first element of truth and reconciliation is truth. The undeniable truth is that the experience of the Pictou Landing First Nation has been one of subjugation and suppression under the Canadian federation."

The Honourable Judge Del W. Atwood

Off the Bookshelf

"I foresee strange storms; perhaps, in fifty years' time, the world will have no further use for idlers."

Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (1839)

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

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Linden pinay(4 years ago)

Terrence(4 years ago)
Thanks for the hard work!

Bruce McIvor(4 years ago)
Thanks--I appreciate the feedback.

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