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Aboriginal Law Report

September 4, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending September 4, 2016.

In the News

The National Energy Board's Energy East pipeline review was postponed following protests in Montreal and further challenges to the Board's impartiality.

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.

In Quebec another headdress controversy erupted on the first day of school.

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.

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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