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Aboriginal Law Report

June 26, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending June 26, 2016.

In the News

National Aboriginal Day provided an opportunity to consider whether it should be a statutory holiday.

British Columbia was accused of ignoring its own laws in order to fast-track construction of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

Opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline has spilled across the border into Washington State.

In British Columbia new hunting regulations were introduced to support the First Nations moose hunt, while in Manitoba, the Métis were accused of overhunting moose.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak explained the relationship between Treaty, the constitution and the Indian Act.

Here's another assessment of the Supreme Court's Daniels decision.

Indigenous land use planning has taken root in the Northwest Territories.

What role does the Governor General have in Crown/Indigenous relations?

The Tsilhqot'in are introducing rangers to patrol their Aboriginal title lands.

The British Columbia provincial government gave its view on the law around access to Indigenous territories.

A Saskatchewan academic says Indigenous Peoples are crucial to the energy sector.

From the Courts

Two new lawsuits were filed challenging the National Energy Board's decision on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

The Yukon was ordered to pay costs in the Peel River watershed case.

The date has been set for the hearing of the appeal of Prophet River v Canada, 2015 FC 1030, the Site C dam decision.

Quote of the Week

“The Indian under s. 35 cannot be the creature of statute created under the Indian Act."

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak

Off the Bookshelf

"We no longer know exactly what to do about European history in a world that is no longer Eurocentric."

Eric Hobsbawm, On History (1997)

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

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