Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 24, 2016.
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.
- Meaningfulness of Trans Mountain pipeline consultations questioned by First Nations chief
- Brian Hutchinson: Bitter diatribe in B.C. as federal Liberals’ ‘drive-by’ pipeline consultation lands
- Residents give an earful to oil pipeline panel in Chilliwack
- How the Trudeau government tore up the rulebook on pipelines
- Trudeau making same mistake as Harper on pipelines, say critics
- Expedited reviews are the solution to costly pipeline obstructionism
- Small Victory For Canada’s First Nations Reveals Large Problems
The Justice Minister clarified the federal government's commitment to implement UNDRIP.
- Kelly McParland: Trudeau’s first broken promise to natives is a whopper, but won’t be the last
- Government supports indigenous declaration without reservation: Wilson-Raybould
- The Liberals try to fill out their UNDRIP blank cheque
- Wilson-Raybould defends stand on UNDRIP adoption
- Indigenous activist joins MP Saganash on national tour to promote UNDRIP bill
Questions were raised about the federal Justice Minister's commitment to protect Aboriginal rights.
- Federal Justice Minister is Selling Decades Old Termination Plan as a New “Reconciliation” Framework for First Nations
- Is Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Willing To Ask The Hard Questions?
The federal government's special advisor released his report on Métis rights.
- Report outlines process to recognize Métis rights
- New report urges 'nation-to-nation' relationship between Canada and Métis
- Isaac report provides ‘road map’ to reconciliation with Métis
- Click here to read the full report
The flood of criticism of the Site C dam on the Peace River continued.
- Site C Project Far From Clean and Green, Finds New UBC Report
- Vaughn Palmer: Site C development remains dam risky
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.
- Mi’kmaq communities seek to block New Brunswick oil terminal
- First Nation communities challenge feds on Chaleur Terminals project
- Notice of Application (thanks to our friends at O'Reilly & Associés for sending this along)
First Nations in British Columbia filed a challenge to the federal government's allotment of spring Chinook salmon stocks.
- First Nations ask Ottawa to overturn Fraser River fishing restrictions
- Katzie suit targets DFO
- B.C. First Nations launch lawsuit against DFO over ‘very limited’ access to 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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