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Aboriginal Law Report

September 18, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

This week we're celebrating the Aboriginal Law Report's one-year anniversary. Thanks for all the encouraging feedback over the last year. Here's our latest update.

In the News

The First Nation legal challenge to the Site C dam sparked renewed criticism of the federal government's commitments to Indigenous Peoples.

A northern British Columbia First Nation displaced by the Kenney Dam over 50 years ago signed a negotiation framework with the provincial government.

The consequences of the collapse of the National Energy Board's Energy East panel continued to be debated.

A New Brunswick First Nation voted in favour of a specific claim settlement.

Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia took direct action in opposition to a gas exploration development.

With summer vacations in the rear-view mirror, discussion turned to how serious the Prime Minister really is about his promises to Indigenous people.

Here's federal Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould's recent speech to Indigenous leaders in British Columbia.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is growing increasingly frustrated with the federal government.

The Governor General visited Treaty 4.

Speculation mounted about the possible appointment of an Indigenous person to the Supreme Court of Canada this fall.

Here's a look back at the signing of the Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement in 1992.

The discovery of the second ship from the Franklin Expedition intensified the debate over who owns the two sunken ships and artifacts.

Here's a sampling of Indigenous voices from the ongoing pipeline protest in North Dakota.

From the Courts

The Tsleil-Waututh's initial legal challenge to the Kinder Morgan pipeline was unsuccessful.

Quote of the Week

"Our water matters, and they can’t just put a pipeline through it."

Charles Baker, age 13, Sacred Stone Camp, North Dakota

Off the Bookshelf

"Why should an artificial line drawn around my reservation bar me from a relationship with the vast areas my ancestors revered?"

John Borrows, Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (2002)

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

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