Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending October 30, 2016.
Halloween racism darkens Canada's sunny days.
- Indigenous activists buy $1,503 worth of costumes to keep them out of Montreal Halloween store
- Indigenous protesters made to pay $1.5K for stickering 'deeply offensive' costumes
- We are not a halloween costume: First Nation
The World Series is shinning a spotlight on the blatant ugliness of racism in Canada and the United States.
- How one First Nations Cleveland Indians fan views his team's name, logo
- Don't root, root, root for the racist, red-face team from Cleveland
- Why the World Series Is Tainted by Racism
- Cleveland’s Unthinking Racism
In a related matter, the Prime Minister's act of cultural misappropriation is drawing increased criticism.
How committed the federal government really is to implementing UNDRIP continues to be debated.
- B.C. projects create testing ground for UN declaration on indigenous rights
- Justin Trudeau continuing proud Liberal tradition of betraying Indigenous peoples
The newest appointee to the Supreme Court discussed his views on Indigenous rights.
The standoff at the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric development continued.
- What's happening in Muskrat Falls? Here's a primer
- Muskrat Falls project 'won't proceed' if it affects human health: environment minister
- Newfoundland judge issues subpoena for journalist covering Muskrat Falls project
- Indigenous leaders tell Muskrat Falls protesters to “go home”
Across the country, work at the Site C dam in British Columbia proceeded despite Indigenous opposition.
Indigenous people continue to denounce Canada's and the province's self-serving, misrepresentation of the numbered treaties.
From the Courts
As expected, lawsuits were filed in opposition to the federal government's approval of a proposed LNG project on British Columbia's north coast.
- Government stands ground as judicial reviews filed over Pacific NorthWest LNG
- Feds 'stand behind' LNG decision, brace for First Nations legal challenge
- First Nations file for judicial review of Petronas LNG
- First Nations, environmental group sue to block B.C. LNG project
- First Nations to sue federal government over Pacific NorthWest LNG project
- Federal Government Hit With Multiple Legal Challenges Against Pacific Northwest LNG Project
- Ottawa defends Pacific NorthWest LNG decision as court challenges filed
The federal government is in court defending the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement's Independent Assessment Process.
Quote of the Week
"Chief Wahoo has got to go."
Off the Bookshelf
"Educating Canadians to their treaties and their meanings is long overdue."
Marie Battiste, Living Treaties: Narrating Mi'kmaw Treaty Relations (2016)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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