Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending November 13, 2016.
While treaty education continued in Ontario, the modern treaty process was again criticized.
- Treaties have no expiry date
- Drumming, wampum belts help launch Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario schools
- Why Ontario’s first modern-day treaty is set up to fail
In Quebec a lack of understanding of Indigenous history and issues was lamented.
Tension mounts as the federal government prepares to render its decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
The announcement of a new federal plan for oil-spill clean up drew a luke warm reception in British Columbia.
The federal government announced a special panel to report on the failings and possible future of the National Energy Board.
- Minister Jim Carr’s NEB review panel signals new focus on duty to consult with First Nations
- Liberals name 5-person panel to help reform National Energy Board
Both the construction and criticism of the Site C dam continued.
- Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt calls on NDP to halt Site C project
- Not too late to stop Site C, says ex-premier Mike Harcourt
Despite last week's guilty pleas, the issue of Indigenous people from Manitoba hunting in Saskatchewan is still alive.
We got more details on RCMP surveillance of Indigenous people.
From the Courts
Our Mi'kmaq clients filed an Aboriginal title claim to one-third of New Brunswick.
- Elsipogtog to launch Aboriginal title claim to protect ancestral lands
- La Première Nation d'Elsipogtog réclame le tiers du territoire du N.-B.
- Elsipogtog First Nation asserts Title in southeastern New Brunswick
- Mi’kmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick
- Elsipogtog First Nation seeks Aboriginal title to one-third of New Brunswick
- My CBC Radio Interview about the Claim
- Elsipogtog's Statement of Claim
Nova Scotia appears intent on making a highly unusual argument in court based on supposedly having 'conquered' the Mi'kmaq.
An upcoming duty to consult case at the Supreme Court continues to draw attention.
Quote of the Week
"This land means everything to my community. This land means everything to the surrounding areas. It's everything. Plain and simple."
Chief Arren Sock, Elsipogtog First Nation
Off the Bookshelf
"The bonds that unite us to another human being are sanctified when he or she adopts the same point of view as ourselves in judging one of our imperfections."
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time, Vol 2 (1919)
Join us on November 29th at Wahnapitae First Nation to learn and share experiences about moving towards exercising Indigenous jurisdiction over resource development projects.
10am–4pm, Tuesday, November 29th
259 Taighwenini Trail Road, Wahnapitae First Nation, Capreol, ON
Registration: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-642-1659
Indigenous lunch buffet catered by Ozaawmik’s Catering
Presented in partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association and the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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