Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending September 4, 2016.
The National Energy Board's Energy East pipeline review was postponed following protests in Montreal and further challenges to the Board's impartiality.
- First day of Energy East hearings in Montreal cancelled after protests
- National Energy Board suspends hearings into Energy East pipeline
- In NEB circus, blame the ringmaster
- NEB member’s business ties to TransCanada Corp. queried
The federal government's consultation panel for the Kinder Morgan pipeline is preparing its report.
In Newfoundland, the Innu disputed government reports on Caribou numbers.
The Northwest Territories' first self-governed community came into existence.
In British Columbia, First Nations protested salmon farming.
- First Nation hands eviction notice to Campbell River salmon farm
- Fish farm protest draws hundreds to legislature
In Quebec another headdress controversy erupted on the first day of school.
- Headdress controversy part of 'larger conversation that needs to happen,' First Nations educator says
- 'Inappropriate indigenous costumes' at Outremont school raise ire of parent
- Opinion: Teachers' use of headdress costumes at École Lajoie was a harmful mistake
In northern Manitoba, Indigenous people blocked a road to a hydro dam construction site.
As former Primer Minister Stephen Harper resigned from parliament his legacy was considered.
In the United States, a proposed pipeline continues to draw Indigenous opposition.
From the Courts
A compost company was granted a temporary injunction allowing them to continue hauling through a British Columbia First Nation's reserve.
- Court orders Lytton First Nation not to blockade road used to access organic composting facility
- Revolution Infrastructure Inc. v. Lytton First Nation, 2016 BCSC 1562
Fisheries charges against a British Columbia First Nation's members were dismissed.
Quote of the Week
"TransCanada will not pass!"
Protester at the National Energy Board's hearings in Montreal
Off the Bookshelf
Treaties "did not transfer to the British sovereign blanket authority to govern First Nations or peoples. They did not grant to anyone any vast executive authority or legislative authority over Treaty First Nations."
James Youngblood Henderson, Treaty Rights in the Constitution of Canada (2007)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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