Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending October 23, 2016.
An oil spill on the British Columbia coast raised more concerns about pipelines and LNG development.
- Heiltsuk First Nation Chief questions diesel spill response after booms fail in adverse weather
- Stephen Hume: Small oil spill near Bella Bella highlights response deficiencies
- Diesel spill near Bella Bella an 'environmental disaster,' says nearby First Nation
- First Nation considering lawsuit after diesel spill destroys clam beds
Opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydro development escalated.
- Muskrat Falls workers bused out after protesters occupy site in Central Labrador
- Labrador Inuit are both frustrated and determined following nine arrests at the blockade of a hydroelectric project at #MuskratFalls
- Federal Fisheries Minister LeBlanc to consider review of Muskrat Falls federal permit
- Demonstrations continue as Muskrat Falls protesters arrested
- Labrador Inuit turn up the heat on Muskrat Falls energy project
The National Chief visited the site of the proposed Site C dam on the Peace River.
Indigenous rights are a hot topic in the Yukon election.
- Council of Yukon First Nations election forum: Parties speak of reconciliation
- Whitehorse Daily Star: Aboriginal leader presses colonialism, reconciliation
The federal government appointed four new members to the National Energy Board to assist with consultation on the Energy East pipeline.
After much speculation that an Indigenous person might be appointed to the Supreme Court, in the end it was business as usual.
- Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job Application
- Supreme Court nominee criticized over ruling in sex assault case appeal | Toronto Star
- Newfoundlander Malcolm Rowe nominated as next Supreme Court justice
Here's a review of Alanis Obomsawin's documentary on the Human Rights Tribunal's child welfare case.
- We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice exposes Canada’s barriers to reconciliation
- Blackstock: One year later, Liberals still discriminate against First Nations children
The comprehensive claims policy continues to be criticized.
Indigenous people continue to have different positions on LNG development.
British Columbia First Nations are fed up with the federal government's refusal to respect commercial fishing rights.
The Algonquins of Ontario signed an agreement-in-principle on a land claim.
- ‘One of the largest land claims in the country’: Algonquins sign agreement with Ontario, federal government
- 'Legitimate' Algonquins being excluded from massive land treaty, Quebec First Nations say
- Tentative First Nations land claim deal reached
Another lawsuit was filed in response to the Mount Polley mine disaster.
- Mining Watchdog Files Charges Against B.C. Government and Mount Polley Mine for 2014 Tailings Pond Disaster
Here's a primer on the Constitutional Express.
On the one-year anniversary of the federal election, pundits took stock of what's changed for Indigenous people.
- A year on, anger brews over Trudeau’s inaction on indigenous rights
- The Liberals' relationship with Indigenous communities sours
A former chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation was recognized for her achievements.
A colleague and friend published a useful piece on Indigenous consent.
From the Courts
A case involving so-called Indigenous names and mascots will be heard next month.
The upcoming Chippewas of the Thames duty to consult case at the Supreme Court continues to draw attention.
The reasons were released in the Takla Lake First Nation injunction case.
Alberta filed its response to Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation's legal challenge to the Grand Rapids pipeline.
Quote of the Week
""We don't see ourselves on the land."
Carolyn King, former chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation
Off the Bookshelf
"To unfold Canada's future--indeed, the global future--we have to care enough to reimagine and remake it into an extraordinary postcolonial nation."
James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson, Indigenous Diplomacy and the Rights of Peoples: Achieving UN Recognition (2008)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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