Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending May 29, 2016.
Last week's National Energy Board decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline has galvanized opposition to pipelines.
- Environmentalists, First Nations Vow Long Summer of Action Against Trans Mountain Pipeline
- Anti-pipeline activists occupy Vancouver office of Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould
- National Energy Board seeking public feedback on Northern Gateway
New Brunswick announced an indefinite extension to its moratorium on fracking.
The Site C dam on the Peace River continues to draw criticism.
- B.C.'s Site C dam work should be halted, say academics
- Ottawa pushes ahead with Site C dam amid opposition from academics
- BC Hydro, minister fire back at academics' call to halt Site C
- BC Hydro Suing Opponents of Site C Dam in SLAPP-style Suit, Legal Experts Say
- Sarah Cox: B.C. Hydro should drop SLAPP suits against protesters
Indigenous people continue to lobby the Vatican to repeal the Papal Bulls.
The debate continued over a proposed new reserve on Vancouver Island.
In Manitoba, will the 140 year-old Métis land claim be resolved before First Nation Treaty land entitlement?
- Manitoba First Nations oppose government consultations with Métis
- Indigenous Affairs Minister says treaty land agreement could be amended
- Potential billion-dollar deal for Metis as feds address historic land dispute
A landless Treaty 9 First Nation continues to seek justice.
The federal government was blamed for the slow progress towards resolving specific claims.
In British Columbia, the Nisga’a are hoping to expand their land base.
A former Tsilhqot'in chief dissected the shortcomings in British Columbia's mining regulation regime.
It has been 5 years since British Columbia First Nations decided to take over delivering health care serves to their communities.
Finally, a disgraced former Lord weighed in on the Ktunaxa appeal set to heard by the Supreme Court this fall.
From the Courts
The Ontario Divisional Court dismissed a challenge to an Ottawa development project.
- Zoning challenge of Zibi development on Ottawa River rejected again
- Cardinal v. Windmill Green Fund LPV, 2016 ONSC 3456
Quote of the Week
“It’s kind of strange that you found the gold then, but didn’t see the people, and the problem is 111 years later we are still invisible, but we are here, we are always going to be here.”
Chief Marcia Brown Martel, Beaverhouse First Nations
Off the Bookshelf
"...I was a biography in perpetual motion, memory to the marrow of my bones."
Philip Roth, American Pastoral (1997)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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