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Aboriginal Law Report

July 24, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending June 24, 2016.

In the News

While the federal government's Kinder Morgan consultation panel continued its tour of Alberta and British Columbia, more questions were raised about the government's approval process.

The Justice Minister clarified the federal government's commitment to implement UNDRIP.

Questions were raised about the federal Justice Minister's commitment to protect Aboriginal rights.

The federal government's special advisor released his report on Métis rights.

The flood of criticism of the Site C dam on the Peace River continued. 

More warnings were raised about the piecemeal infringement of Treaty rights.

The federal Environment Minister met with First Nation leaders to discuss the Ajax mine in British Columbia. 

Finally, here's a proposal for implementing the Tsilhqot'in decision in British Columbia.

From the Courts

The authorization for an oil export terminal in New Brunswick was challenged by the Mi'kmaq.

First Nations in British Columbia filed a challenge to the federal government's allotment of spring Chinook salmon stocks.

Continuing the practices of its predecessor, the new federal government challenged a decision of the Specific Claims Tribunal.

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation filed its factum for the upcoming Supreme Court of Canada Enbridge Line 9 duty to consult appeal.

Quote of the Week

“I lost all confidence in what I believed, in the thought that the Liberal party could change things, You get a new party in power, but the same old tactics are used against us.”

Chief Christian Awashish

Off the Bookshelf

"Until we confront the infiltration of the commodity system into the interstices of our lives, social change itself will be but a product of corporate propaganda."

Stuart Ewen, Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture (1976)

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

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