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Aboriginal Law Report

August 14, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending August 14, 2016.

In the News

The National Energy Board's Energy East pipeline review kicked off with hearings in Saint John.

The National Energy Board and the federal government's Kinder Morgan pipeline consultation panel continued to be dogged by accusations of bias and conflict of interest.

Ontario announced new pipeline consultation requirements.

The federal government faced continued criticism of its recent permit approvals for the Site C dam on the Peace River.

Opponents of the reopening of the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia were arrested.

In Ontario, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug issued a 'Declaration of Sovereignty and Governance and Assertion of Inherent and Treaty Rights' 

In the Yukon, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation is opposed to a placer mining operation in its territory.

The implications of Canada's full adoption of UNDRIP continued to be discussed.

Canada compares unfavourably with other countries in protecting Indigenous lands.

From the Courts

Another lawsuit was filed for damages caused by the Mount Polley mine disaster in British Columbia two years ago.

Quebec Mi'kmaq were unsuccessful in their legal challenge to an oil terminal in New Brunswick.

Quote of the Week

“Unless all of these concerns can be meaningfully addressed, we cannot and will not consent to the pipeline in our territory."

Chief George Ginnish

Off the Bookshelf

"First Nations our Canadians' last best hope for protecting our collective futures."

Pamela Palmater, Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens (2015)

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

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Gordon Benoit(3 years ago)
I am a registered member of the Mi'kmaq in Conne River living of reserve. I am wondering if other reserves tread there of reserve people the way that Conne River do. There is a big difference in the requirements for qualifying for benefits and the amount payed between on and of reserved people. Many of the people employed on reserve are non registered people sometimes with less qualifications than other applicants that are registered of reserved. Not a problem to find someone to take up the fight with the government of the day but no where to turn to fight the internal battles. Sometimes i think the white government is treating of reserve natives better than on reserve Chief an Council. TO whome do i turn for help.

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