Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending October 2, 2016.
The federal government approved a huge liquefied national gas plant on the British Columbia north coast.
- Ottawa approves Pacific NorthWest LNG project for B.C. coast
- Federal government approves $11.4-billion LNG project in B.C.
- Liberals approve Pacific NorthWest LNG project with environmental conditions
- Trudeau’s LNG Approval: What a Difference a Day Makes
- Trudeau government at pains to explain Pacific Northwest LNG
- First Nations split on Ottawa's Pacific NorthWest LNG decision
- Can Ottawa say yes to liquefied natural gas and no to oil?
- B.C. natural gas project faces uncertain future even with government's green light
- Editorial: LNG dreams far from reality
- What the LNG pipeline approval tells us about Trudeau’s Liberals: Hébert
- No federal 'poison pill' in LNG plant conditions, B.C. government says
- The politics behind the go-ahead for the LNG project in B.C.
- First Nations Groups Launching Massive Lawsuit After Trudeau’s LNG Decision
- Pacific NorthWest LNG approved, now what?
The provincial NDP in British Columbia says, if elected, it will implement UNDRIP.
- Vaughn Palmer: John Horgan knows making UN pledge on rights of indigenous peoples a reality isn't for wimps
- Vaughn Palmer: Political posturing over fine print on indigenous rights
The provincial and federal governments continued to be criticized over the Site C dam on the Peace River.
- Opinion: B.C. Hydro and duty of care
- Liberals’ campaign promises on Site C have been met: minister
- Site C met Libs’ campaign promises on science, First Nations: minister
- Site C dam approval another violation of First Nations rights
- First Nations predict "hordes" will disrupt Parliament Hill if pipelines approved
- Why Trudeau and the oil industry are losing the pipeline battle
- Varcoe: As pipeline gridlock grows, search for solutions ramps up
- Carr won't say whether First Nations can veto oil pipelines
A natural gas development in Nova Scotia continued to draw opposition.
- Mi’kmaq communities join forces in defence of the Bay of Fundy
- Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq plan to slow highway traffic to protest natural gas plan
- Protesters block AltaGas from work site near Stewiacke
- Mi’kmaq group blocks access to controversial gas project site in Nova Scotia
October 1st was Treaty Day in Nova Scotia.
After a year in office, the shine may have disappeared from the Liberal apple.
- Kelly McParland: Canada’s First Nations show signs of buyer’s remorse over Trudeau Liberals
- Vowel: Indigenous reconciliation becomes a distraction for the Liberals
The Royal visit drew attention to the difference between photo ops and substance.
- Stephen Hume: The history behind the royal snub
- Grand Chief Phillip skips reconciliation ceremony with royals
- Royal ceremony gets snub from B.C.'s top First Nations leader
- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip turns down invitation to participate in Black Rod Ceremony with Prince William
- Black Rod ceremony comes with lesson in colonialism, cultural genocide for Prince William
- B.C. chief urges William and Kate to advocate for First Nations to Canadian governments
- The long, complicated relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Royals
- Royal tour highlights First Nations fury - BBC News
- Grand Chief Phillip won’t be at reconciliation ceremony with royals
- Canada First Nations chief won't join UK royals for 'empty gesture' ceremony
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.
- Métis leaders in B.C. speaking out about removal of child known as S.S. from foster family
- Métis foster parents lose court fight to keep toddler, vow to keep fighting
- B.C. expanding Métis role in adoption cases amid criticism
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.
- Inuit organizations to intervene in Supreme Court seismic testing appeal
- Inuit birthright orgs to intervene in Clyde River Supreme Court appeal
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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