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Aboriginal Law Report

July 31, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending July 31, 2016.

In the News

An oil spill into the North Saskatchewan River raised questions about pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction.

The federal government was criticized for issuing permits for the Site C dam on the Peace River.

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.

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.

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."

Doug Cuthand

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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Adeline August(3 years ago)
i am very impressed, i seldom read any of your emails or creditials, however keep up the great work. Too bad the Sliammon Elder's did not have the money to hire you when they were trying to fighting against BC Treaty Process in Sliammon.

Bruce McIvor(3 years ago)
Thanks very much, Adeline.

Murray Slezak(3 years ago)
I look forward to reading and learning from the perspectives that you write and share.

Bruce McIvor(3 years ago)
Thanks, Murray.

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