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Aboriginal Law Report

June 19, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending June 19, 2016.

In the News

While the National Energy Board formally began its review of Transcanada's proposed Energy East pipeline, supporters and opponents continued to advance their positions.

Indigenous Peoples are divided over the development of the LNG industry on British Columbia's north coast.

Indigenous people discussed the role of the Indian Act in undermining traditional governance systems.

The British Columbia government formalized its environmental assessment for the Kinder Morgan pipeline while First Nations continued to raise concerns over a lack of consultation.

The sorry state of Indigenous community water resources continued to make the news.

Indigenous people made the case for and against the proposed development at Chaudiere Falls in Ottawa.

While Australians continue the debate over Treaty vs constitutionalized Indigenous rights, Canada was described as setting the 'gold standard'.

Discussion of the importance of implementing UNDRIP continued.

Indigenous people raised concerns over Quebec's proposed gun registry.

Last fall Chief Justice McLachlin's spoke at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice on the topic of Aboriginal Peoples and access to justice--here's a copy of her speech (thanks to Grand Chief Ed John for sending this along).

From the Courts

The Squamish Nation filed for a judicial review of the National Energy Board's recent Transmountain pipeline decision.

A composting company has gone to court to gain access through a British Columbia First Nation reserve.

Protests continued over the Muskrat Falls development.

Pundits continued to discuss the implications of the recent Northern Superior duty to consult decision from Ontario.

Quote of the Week

“We were put in prisoner of war camps called reserves, stuck on the bottom of the economic ladder. We need to disengage from the Indian Act."

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation elder Darcy Linklater

Off the Bookshelf

"The intolerant ethnocentrism of the Anglo-Canadian elite, which was closely linked to prevailing notions of racial superiority, precluded the possibility of the co-existence of culturally diverse peoples within the same political entity."

E. Brian Titley, A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada (1986)

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

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