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Aboriginal Law Report

August 21, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending August 21, 2016.

In the News

Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is seeding discontent among Indigenous people.

Pressure continued to mount on the federal government to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline while the government's consultation panel continued its summer tour.

The National Energy Board's Energy East Pipeline hearings continued in New Brunswick.

In the United States, a standoff continued over a pipeline through South Dakota.

In British Columbia the Tsleil-Waututh and the Musqueam continue to oppose an LNG project planned for Howe Sound.

British Columbia Hydro is worried that fracking in Treaty 8 territory might destabilize its dams.

First Nations in Ontario's Ring of Fire area are displeased with the latest mining-company machinations.

60's Scoop litigation continues despite the federal government's commitment to renew relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

How to implement UNDRIP continues to be debated

From the Courts

Treaty 8 First Nations are planning a 'Justice of the Peace Caravan' that will travel to Montreal next month for the Federal Court of Appeal's hearing of challenges to the Site C dam.

Canada and British Columbia were added as parties to a lawsuit alleging trespass on Aboriginal title lands caused by the Kenney Dam on the Nechako River in British Columbia.

Thomas v. Rio Tinto Alcan, 2016 BCSC 1474

Here's a summary of the lawsuits filed over the Mount Polley mining disaster in British Columbia.

Quote of the Week

“It’s not simply an Indigenous issue — it’s a fundamental human rights issue, it’s a climate change issue, it’s an environmental issue.”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on the Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline

Off the Bookshelf

"Modern people have filled the world with the most remarkable array of contrivances and innovations. If it now happens that these works cannot be fundamentally reconsidered and reconstructed, humankind faces a woefully permanent bondage to the power of its own inventions."

Langdon Winner, Autonomous Technology: Technics-out-of-Control as a Theme in Political Thought (1977) 

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

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