Aboriginal Law Report
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.
The First Nation legal challenge to the Site C dam sparked renewed criticism of the federal government's commitments to Indigenous Peoples.
- Federal court challenge brings B.C.'s Site C to national attention
- Justin Trudeau's Site C headache just got worse after Assembly of First Nations jumps into the fray
- Site C legal challenge on UNDRIP anniversary shows Indigenous rights are a long ways away
- Trudeau Silent as B.C. First Nations Take Site C Dam Fight to Federal Court
- Indigenous Liberal MP breaks ranks with government on B.C.'s Site C dam
- Site C dam challenge plays out in Federal Court in Montreal
- B.C. First Nations Site C dam challenge plays out in Federal Court in Montreal
- A political doubleheader unfolding in two Montreal courtrooms
- First Nations argue for reversal of Site C dam proposal
- Doug Cuthand: First Nations see their role as protectors of the environment
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.
- Graham Thomson: Energy East pipeline review delayed? Blame Harper
- Liberals looking for broader perspective from new Energy East review panel
- Jim Carr muses that Energy East review might return to "square one"
- How the Trudeau government can stop the ‘Keystoning’ of Energy East … if it really wants to
- B.C. Liberal MPs on edge, poised for potential pipeline peril when Parliament resumes
- Trudeau Said to Plan Pipeline Approval, Favor Kinder Morgan
- Tough calls ahead for Trudeau on aboriginal issues
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.
- Treaty Truckhouse built along Shubenacadie River | Enfield Weekly Press
- Mounties will stay 'neutral' in natural gas storage dispute
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.
- Treaty 4 commemoration honours past, looks toward the future
- Gov. Gen. David Johnston meets with chiefs in Treaty 4 Territory
- Riding to remember: Indigenous man travelling on horseback to remember 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 280 Tribes, a Protest on the Plains
- B.C. First Nation shows support for Dakota pipeline project delay
From the Courts
The Tsleil-Waututh's initial legal challenge to the Kinder Morgan pipeline was unsuccessful.
- Court dismisses B.C. First Nation's challenge of NEB review for Trans Mountain
- Court rejects First Nations claim rights were violated during TransMountain review
- Tsleil-waututh Nation v. National Energy Board, 2016 FCA 219
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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