Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 26, 2016.
National Aboriginal Day provided an opportunity to consider whether it should be a statutory holiday.
- Should National Aboriginal Day be a statutory holiday across Canada?
- National Aboriginal Day 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.
- 6 big changes to Peace Region hunting regs
- Council blames Métis hunters for drop in moose numbers, MMF disputes claim
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.
- First Nations demands for access payments not legal: province
- Vaughn Palmer: First Nations cannot demand access fees from mineral exploration companies, minister says
A Saskatchewan academic says Indigenous Peoples are crucial to the energy sector.
- First Nations playing growing role in resource development: study
- First Nations Engagement in the Energy Sector in Western Canada
From the Courts
Two new lawsuits were filed challenging the National Energy Board's decision on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Environmental groups launch court challenge of Trans Mountain recommendation
- Tsleil-Waututh launches second challenge of pipeline proposal
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)
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