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Aboriginal Law Report

May 22, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending May 22, 2016.

In the News

The National Energy Board recommended approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Days before the NEB decision on Kinder Morgan, the federal government announced yet another consultation process for the same pipeline.

While the NEB was preparing to release its Kinder Morgan decision, Indigenous people were taking their opposition directly to company shareholders.

Implementation of UNDRIP continued to make the news.

The Tsilhqot'in decided not to approve a mining exploration company's work in their territory.

First Nations voiced opposition to Ontario's new climate change legislation.

The residential schools agreement continued to draw criticism.

The effect of the Daniels decision continued to be debated.

In New Brunswick, First Nations continued to voice their opposition to a proposed mine.

A former Chief Justice of Nova Scotia was praised for an early Aboriginal fishing rights decision.

From the Courts

In Ontario, the Crown sought to avoid a trial on Indigenous logging rights.

In New Brunswick the case against an oil export terminal was heard in court.

The recent Coastal First Nations decision on the provincial environmental equivalency agreement will not affect a series of projects in northern British Columbia.

  • Peace Region oil & gas projects exempt from supreme court ruling

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal refused to grant a stay of a lower court decision on the proper forum for determining
Treaty rights.

Quote of the Week

“In many ways not only is the NEB process completely broken, it’s an absolute sham."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Off the Bookshelf

"People who talk instead of do give me a pain in the arse."

Thomas Berger, Little Big Man (1964)

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

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