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Aboriginal Law Report

October 2, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending October 2, 2016.

In the News

The federal government approved a huge liquefied national gas plant on the British Columbia north coast.

The provincial NDP in British Columbia says, if elected, it will implement UNDRIP.

The provincial and federal governments continued to be criticized over the Site C dam on the Peace River.

With the federal government's decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline on the horizon, the pipeline debate continued unabated.

A natural gas development in Nova Scotia continued to draw opposition.

October 1st was Treaty Day in Nova Scotia.

After a year in office, the shine may have disappeared from the Liberal apple.

The Royal visit drew attention to the difference between photo ops and substance.

The possibility of an Indigenous appointment to the Supreme Court was again in the news.

In British Columbia, the placement of a Métis girl continued to raise serious issues about the province's child welfare laws.

From the Courts

The Ross River Dena Council's lawsuit against the federal government over a lack of progress on treaty raised the issue of the disparity between treaty and non-treaty Nations.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation's lawsuit over the Grand Rapids pipeline brought to light questionable dealings between government and a pipeline company.

The Supreme Court granted three Inuit organizations intervenor status in the Clyde River duty to consult case.

Quote of the Week

"...we’re asked to participate in a reconciliation ceremony that for all intents and purposes would suggest there is a very harmonious and robust relationship between the First Nation people and provincial and federal governments, and that’s an illusion."

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Off the Bookshelf

"The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart."

Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958)

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

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