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Aboriginal Law Report

August 7, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending August 7, 2016.

In the News

The final details of the long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls drew a mixed response.

Criticism of the federal government intensified for its recent approval of permits necessary to build the Site C dam on the Peace River.

Manitoba First Nations are concerned that the new provincial government may not live up to commitments made by its predecessor.

More questions were raised about the National Energy Board's close relationship with pipeline companies.

In New Brunswick, a province-wide fire ban is interfering with the exercise of Indigenous rights and traditions.

The experience of the Nisga’a with modern-treaty property rights was profiled.

There was more discussion about how to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations on reforming the justice system.

A word of caution was raised about how the recent Enbridge court decision failed to address Canada's flawed environmental assessment process.

From the Courts

On the two-year anniversary of the Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia, First Nations filed a lawsuit for damages.

Here's more on the Tsilhqot'in lawsuit for fee simple lands and the Northern Secwepemc's lawsuit challenging the Tsilhqot'in's agreement with the provincial government.

Quote of the Week

“The more we know about what is being said publicly and what goes on behind closed doors, the less credible the NEB’s evaluation process of Energy East becomes.”

Carole Dupuis

Off the Bookshelf

"As smallpox squeezed the life from thousands of victims, it extinguished the accumulated wisdom of generations, leaving those who survived without the familiar markers by which they organized their worlds and leaving the generations that followed with a mere shell of their former heritage."

Elizabeth A. Fenn, Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 (2001)

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

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