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Aboriginal Law Report

November 20, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending November 20, 2016.

In the News

Opponents and supporters continue to rally in expectation of the federal government's decision on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

A Vancouver Island First Nation is planning next steps after a historic specific claims settlement.

A proposed residential--commercial project in Ottawa continued to be discussed. 

Stay tuned for a new fur-trade era drama.

From the Courts

While the federal government touts a nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Nova Scotia government was in court arguing the Mi'kmaq were conquered.

Quote of the Week

"…in the context of the Shubenacadie Band, the historical evidence references a ‘submission’ to the Crown in 1760….As of a result of that submission, Crown sovereignty over the Band was not merely defacto, it was legal. The Band’s submission in 1760 negates a claim of sovereignty, and therefore negates a constitutional duty of consultation."

Nova Scotia's Legal Argument in Alton Gas case

Off the Bookshelf

"The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.”

Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995)

Free Workshop

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 workshop@firstpeopleslaw.com 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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