Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending August 7, 2016.
The final details of the long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls drew a mixed response.
- Long-awaited details of $53.8-million inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous women announced
- B.C.'s first female indigenous judge to lead inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women
- B.C. families of murdered, missing indigenous women worried inquiry won't target police
- Families, leaders cautiously optimistic about MMIW inquiry
- How the MMIW inquiry could help long-suffering families
- Canada begins inquiry into decades of violence against indigenous women
- First Nations advocates demand inquiry make real change, supported by funding
- Editorial: Inquiry Must Result in Action
- Doug Cuthand: Inquiry can be a game changer for Canada
Criticism of the federal government intensified for its recent approval of permits necessary to build the Site C dam on the Peace River.
- Federal approval for Site C sparks outrage from First Nations, advocacy groups
- Federal approval for Site C dam draws criticism from First Nations, advocacy groups
- BALDREY: Site C an indicator of decisions to come?
- What Trudeau’s Site C decision could mean for future energy projects
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.
- First Nations launch lawsuit against Mount Polley mine
- Protesters gathers outside Mount Polley mine, site of disaster 2 years ago
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.”
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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