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Aboriginal Law Report

May 29, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending May 29, 2016.

In the News

Last week's National Energy Board decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline has galvanized opposition to pipelines.

New Brunswick announced an indefinite extension to its moratorium on fracking.

The Site C dam on the Peace River continues to draw criticism.

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?

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.

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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Ida McGillivary(4 years ago)
My thoughts are that the Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement is between the Crown and First Nations; no one else. The process should be completed first before anything else, with no consultation with anyone .

Bruce McIvor(4 years ago)
Thx, Ida. That's a reasonable position.

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