Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending July 31, 2016.
An oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River raised questions about pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction.
- Saskatchewan oil spill has Manitoba activist worried about Energy East
- First Nations in Manitoba keep wary eye on Saskatchewan oil spill
- Husky oil spill began when pumping resumed through pipeline expansion project
- First Nations decry exclusion by industry, government after oil spill
- First Nation leaders worried about Saskatchewan Husky Energy oil pipeline spill
- Drinking water is our priority, pipeline debate later, says Saskatchewan premier
- Pipeline scrutiny has prompted industry to improve safety culture, Enbridge CEO says
- Doug Cuthand: Respect First Nations' role in environmental stewardship
- Winnipeggers hand out postcards against the pipeline
The federal government was criticized for issuing permits for the Site C dam on the Peace River.
- Site C critics ‘disappointed’ by Trudeau Site C approvals
- B.C. Faces Lawsuit Over Rushed Site C Permits
- Vaughn Palmer: Trudeau begins premier's 'get-to-yes' goal with Site C permits
- Liberal authorizations for Site C dam draw criticism
- Trudeau Just Broke His Promise to Canada's First Nations
- Trudeau government signals support for Site C dam, grants two permits
In response to the Descheneaux decision on Indian Act discrimination, the federal government has announced a two stage process for amending the Indian Act's registration provisions.
- Canada to remove sex-based discrimination in Indian Act
- Minister Bennett's July 29, 2016 letter
- click here for my open letter to the federal government on the Descheneaux decision
The Dene questioned the legality of federal legislation that devolved powers to the Northwest Territories.
The federal government was asked to extend the environmental assessment for a proposed LNG project on the British Columbia north coast.
Attempts are being made to revive the Prosperity Mine project in British Columbia.
The federal government released its long-awaited new Additions to Reserves Policy.
- Canada Announces Improved Additions to Reserve Process
- Click here for the new policy
Implementing UNDRIP continues to be debated.
With the federal government currently considering the next appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, here's a good piece on the importance of diversity on the bench.
From the Courts
The Tsilhqot'in have filed an Aboriginal title claim to fee simple lands.
Quote of the Week
“...we are constantly shoved to the sidelines and the strength of our treaties and our commitment is ignored."
Off the Bookshelf
"Long ago, they say, there were bad times. We must tell of them so we can know the future."
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, New Indians, Old Wars (2007)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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