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Aboriginal Law Report

October 23, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending October 23, 2016.

In the News

An oil spill on the British Columbia coast raised more concerns about pipelines and LNG development.

Opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydro development escalated.

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.

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.

Here's a review of Alanis Obomsawin's documentary on the Human Rights Tribunal's child welfare case.

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.

Another lawsuit was filed in response to the Mount Polley mine 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 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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