Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending October 9, 2016.
It was Treaty Day in Nova Scotia.
- N.S. Mi’kmaq celebrate treaty rights and achievements on annual Treaty Day
- Treaty Day celebrations draw 500 to downtown Halifax
- Pardon in the works for Mi'kmaq grand chief who died more than 50 years ago
- Mi'kmaq leaders laud relations with government, but say work remains
Indigenous Peoples continue to oppose fracking.
The pros and cons of pipelines was discussed.
- Pro-oil First Nations seek end to pipeline gridlock
- First Nations conference seeks break in pipeline deadlock
- 'We're tired of being poor,' say First Nations about benefits of new pipelines
- Varcoe: Energy divisions can be bridged, but unilateral action doesn't help
A new report called for an overhaul of regulatory processes.
It was news for the mainstream media that not all Indigenous people think alike.
The consent vs veto debate continued.
The federal approval of the Petronas LNG project in British Columbia continued to draw attention.
With the Petronas project approved, pressured mounted on the British Columbia provincial government to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- B.C.'s Clark urged to reject Kinder Morgan pipeline for failing key condition
- Braid: More tough talk from B.C. on Kinder Morgan pipeline
The Site C dam on the Peace River drew more international attention.
- Environmental groups urge UNESCO to revisit Site C dam
- Revisit Site C approval, feds urged amid fears dam threatens World Heritage Site
A National Indigenous Guardians Network was discussed.
With the Peel River appeal at the Supreme Court pending, here are photos of the watershed.
Opposition to logging in Northern Ontario continued.
The Royals' visit to British Columbia and Yukon was assessed.
The Vancouver Book Award went to Unceded Territory.
From the Courts
A Saskatchewan First Nation was mostly unsuccessful on its appeal regarding the construction and operation of dams on the Reindeer River.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court decided on the admissibility of affidavits for the Alton Gas appeal which will be heard in November.
A British Columbia First Nation filed a lawsuit over the use of its reserve lands as a firing range.
Quote of the Week
"This is a very racist, bigoted country. This is what we wake up to every day.”
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Off the Bookshelf
"When all that says 'it is good' has been debunked, what says 'I want' remains."
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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