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Aboriginal Law Report

July 17, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending July 17, 2016.

In the News

Comments by the federal Justice Minister raised questions about Canada's commitment to implementing UNDRIP 

A former Supreme Court of Canada Justice explained his views of the relationship between UNDRIP and the duty to consult.

Industry pundits continued to complain about the duty to consult.

A Treaty 8 First Nation member explained treaty rights to non-Indigenous people.

The federal government's three-person Kinder Morgan pipeline panel continues its summer tour.

A former Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs thinks the Specific Claims Tribunal is the panacea for solving land claims.

Academics and Indigenous leaders continued to seek a revitalization of Treaty relationships.

A British Columbia First Nation reacted to the announced delay in building a LNG plant on the north coast. 

From the Courts

A Nova Scotia First Nation was unsuccessful in its bid for a injunction to stop a natural gas storage project.

Ekuanitshit First Nation filed for an injunction against hydraulic fracking.

An Alberta First Nation was unsuccessful in its bid to reopen a treaty land entitlement settlement.

Quote of the Week

“Without natural resources, our rights have no meaning."

Chief Rufus Copage

Off the Bookshelf

"The Government of Canada should do everything in its power to live up to and fully implement the treaties; indeed, this should be the first call upon its intellectual, political, and financial resources."

Terry Fenge and Jim Aldridge, Keeping Promises: The Royal Proclamation of 1763, Aboriginal Rights, and Treaties in Canada (2015)

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

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