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Aboriginal Law Report

June 12, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending June 12, 2016.

In the News

Poiticians continue to weigh in for and against pipelines.

The new Manitoba government raised the possibility of changing the route for the Bipole 3 transmission line.

First Nations and the provincial and the federal governments agreed on a plan to change the B.C. treaty process.

The legacy of big dam building in British Columbia was in the news.

Nova Scotia First Nations signed an agreement over a proposed coal mine.

A proposed new reserve on Vancouver Island continues to draw attention.

The Quebec James Bay Cree's Aboriginal title claim in Ontario drew more criticism.

Members of Ojibway Nation of Saugeen in Ontario are organizing based on Indigenous laws to remove their Chief.

The state of the water supply for many First Nation communities was again in the news

Ottawa traffic was disrupted by a protest organized by off-reserve Indigenous people.

The proposed development of the Chaudière Falls area in Ottawa continues to draw opposition.

The Ontario government is educating mining companies on how to work with First Nations.

From the Courts

The Supreme Court will hear the appeal of the Peel River watershed duty to consult decision.

The Federal Court dismissed a challenge to the transfer of an authorization to operate the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline through a reserve.

There was further reaction to the recent Northern Superior duty to consult decision from Ontario.

A Saskatchewan First Nation filed a lawsuit based on unfulfilled treaty land entitlement.

A Quebec First Nation was recently successful at the Specific Claims Tribunal.

Off the Bookshelf

"​...who controls the stories and who creates the language by which the stories are told is still the ultimate power."

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, New Indians, Old Wars (2007)

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

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