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Aboriginal Law Report

December 4, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending December 4, 2016.

In the News

The federal government rejected one pipeline and approved two.

Most of the coverage this week was on the approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline

Here's more specific coverage on the rejection of Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline.

And don't forget about the approval of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline

Here's a cautionary tale given this week's pipeline approvals.

The federal government admitted to bungling the process for amending the registration provisions of the Indian Act.

The Auditor General released a report relentlessly critical of the specific claims process.

Time to look forward to next week's AFN winter meetings in Ottawa.

From the Courts

The Chippewas of the Thames and Clyde River duty to consult cases were heard at the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court also heard a case combing the duty to consult with religious freedom.

Closing arguments were heard in a British Columbia case raising issues around the international border and the purported extinction of an Aboriginal People.

Residential school and Sixties Scoop litigation continues.

Quote of the Week

"If people choose for their own reasons not to be peaceful, then the government of Canada—through its defence forces, through its police forces—will ensure that people are kept safe,” 

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr

Off the Bookshelf

"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it....It is disruptive and troublesome, but it is a necessary disruption, a necessary troublesomeness."

Howard Zinn, The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy (1997)

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

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