Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending August 21, 2016.
Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is seeding discontent among Indigenous people.
- Northern Gateway pipeline project exposes divides in First Nations governance
- Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge
Pressure continued to mount on the federal government to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline while the government's consultation panel continued its summer tour.
- Pipelines in Canada caught in 'extremely challenging' transition: Trans Mountain panelist
- First Nations don't trust federal pipeline consultation, says Grand Chief. Only three speakers show up.
- Canada’s transition ‘challenging’ for Trans Mountain expansion: panelist
- Trans Mountain decision a test of Trudeau’s leadership abilities
- Kinder Morgan president argues there's public support for pipeline expansion
The National Energy Board's Energy East Pipeline hearings continued in New Brunswick.
- First Nations reiterate concerns on final day of N.B. Energy East hearings
- Energy East hearings in N.B. wrap up with 6 First Nations intervening
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.
- Communication an issue between First Nations, Ring of Fire junior miner
- Neskantaga serves cease and desist notice on Noront Resources
60's Scoop litigation continues despite the federal government's commitment to renew relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
- ‘60s Scoop aboriginals finally getting court day but 7-year case to drag on
- Dear Prime Minister: Right the wrong of the ‘Sixties Scoop’
- Ottawa continuing to fight Ontario lawsuit over Sixties Scoop
- Sixties Scoop redress sought from PM by Indigenous leaders ahead of lawsuit court date
- Action concerning Sixties Scoop to go before Ontario judge
- Indigenous leaders seek apology, settlement in ’60s-’80s “Scoop” lawsuit
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.
Here's a summary of the lawsuits filed over the Mount Polley mining disaster in British Columbia.
- Lawsuit of the week: Flood of lawsuits hits Imperial Metals Corp. in lead-up to two-year anniversary of Mount Polley tailings pond spill
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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