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Aboriginal Law Report

July 10, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending July 10, 2016.

In the News

The Federal Court of Appeal's Enbridge decision was debated.

In the Yukon, First Nations can now register their Aboriginal title lands.

The federal government trumpeted proposed changes to the British Columbia treaty process while a First Nation prepared for a second vote on a once-rejected treaty.

A British newspaper considered the situation of Indigenous urban Canadians.

Northern British Columbia First Nations met to discuss investing in major resource development projects.

In Nova Scotia a natural gas project is proceeding despite opposition from Sipekne’katik First Nation.

While opposition to the Site C dam on the Peace River continued a northern First Nation hopes to benefit from the dam's construction.

The British Columbia provincial government responded to a Treaty 8 First Nation's recent report on the destruction of their territory due to the cumulative effects of resource exploitation.

The British Columbia provincial government was criticized for belittling opposition to a proposed LNG project on the north coast.

Finally, thanks to Paul Joffe for correcting the record on 'veto' vs 'consent'.

From the Courts

There was further discussion of a recent duty to consult court challenge to Yukon's free-entry mining claim system.

Quote of the Week

“The more we organise ourselves into those categories of on-reserve and off-reserve, the more we naturalise the idea that indigenous people only belong on reserves.”

Professor Sarah Hunt

Off the Bookshelf

"The fact is, Big Bear was right in almost everything he claimed and everything he tried to do."

Hugh A. Dempsey, Big Bear: The End of Freedom (1984)

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

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