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Aboriginal Law Report

November 6, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending November 6, 2016.

In the News

The federal government's special panel on the Kinder Morgan pipeline released its report.

While the Standing Rock protest continued there was speculation about similar protests in Canada.

Another federal special adviser has been appointed--this time to consider cross-border issues affecting Indigenous people.

The federal government's reluctance to comply with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's child welfare decision was again in the news.

Indigenous people in Yukon raised concerns about overhunting.

Opposition continued to mount to the federal government's approval of a LNG plant on the British Columbia's north coast.

Val Napoleon was recently honoured as an Indigenous Peoples' Counsel.

In Ontario, Indigenous citizenship laws are gaining traction.

UNDRIP and First Nation consent is predicated to be an issue in the next British Columbia provincial election.

Two First Nation men from Manitoba pleaded guilty to hunting in Saskatchewan.

The treaty education project continues.

From the Courts

A First Nation challenge to Site C dam permits was unsuccessful.

A northern British Columbia First Nation was back in court seeking to stop the piecemeal infringement of its treaty rights.

An Ontario First Nation's challenge to a wind farm development was unsuccessful.

Quote of the Week

"We've been in deep conversations with policing authorities, RCMP in the planning for our project — what can we anticipate and what their role needs to be."

Kinder Morgan CEO Ian Anderson

Off the Bookshelf

"What governments fail to do is educate the public abut the real nature of or the real intent in treaty making. The intent as as our people understood it, is that we would share the real resources of the land...."

Marcel Hardisty quoted in Marie Wadden, Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation (2008)

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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