Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 12, 2016.
Poiticians continue to weigh in for and against pipelines.
- Notley says she will push pipelines over summer
- West Coast public has pipelines veto: Vancouver mayor
- Robertson-Trudeau rosy rapport at risk as visiting Vancouver mayor lobbies against West Coast pipeline
- West Coast Tells Ottawa: Reject Trans Mountain Expansion
- Vancouver mayor, First Nations chiefs heading to Ottawa to stop Kinder Morgan
- Western mayors clash over Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
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.
- Multilateral Engagement Process to Improve and
Expedite Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia
- B.C.’s glacial treaty process: A century late, it’s time to make a deal
- Treaty process gets review
- New plan to expedite treaty talks between First Nations, government
- Treaty overhaul aims to speed up talks
The legacy of big dam building in British Columbia was in the news.
- BC Hydro Apologizes for Bennett Dam’s “Profound and Painful” Impact on First Nations at Gallery Opening
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.
- Que. Cree desire to share not consistent with past
- Moose Cree blast Quebec Crees over ‘colonial tactics,’ greed behind Ontario title claim
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
- Tainted water hurts First Nations children, families, Human Rights Watch says in report
- Grassy Narrows must be cleaned up now: Chief Fobister
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.
- Whitehorse Daily Star: Peel dispute headed to nation’s top court
- Supreme Court to decide on Peel appeal
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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