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Aboriginal Law Report

September 11, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending September 11, 2016.

In the News

Faced with protests and accusations of a lack of impartiality, the National Energy Board's Energy East pipeline panel resigned. 

Here are my initial thoughts on the Energy East debacle.

The British Columbia provincial cabinet's annual meeting with Indigenous leaders sparked a debate over a perceived lack of progress in implementing the 2014 Tsilhqot'in decision.

In British Columbia, efforts were made to educate non-Indigenous people about traditional fishing methods.

In the Maritimes, opposition against the spraying of herbicides continued to grow.

An upcoming hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal in Montreal continues to focus criticism of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

A Northwest Territories community celebrated its self-government agreement after nearly two decades of negotiations.

The federal Justice Minister took another stab at explaining her government's position on implementing UNDRIP.

Over a year later, Albertans are still waiting for the provincial government to comment on a report highly critical of its Athabasca region land-use policy.

In Nova Scotia, opposition to natural gas storage in salt caverns continued.

An Indigenous academic considered the continuing significance of Indian Act status.

The impact of the 60's Scoop continued to considered.

From the Courts

Musqueam Indian Band's appeal regarding its property assessment bylaw was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Tsawwassen First Nation was added as a defendant to an Aboriginal title claim filed by Cowichan Tribes.

Another Aboriginal title claim was filed in B.C.

SHXW’ŌWHÀMEL FIRST NATION Press Release

Quote of the Week

"Canada has never come to terms with First Nations people and our special place within the fabric of this country."

Doug Cuthand

Off the Bookshelf

"The early twentieth-first century has seen increased exploitation of energy resources begetting new pressures on Indigenous lands. Exploitation by the largest corporations, often in collusion with politicians at local, state, and federal levels, and even within some Indigenous governments, could spell a final demise for Indigenous land bases and resources."

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (2014) 

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

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