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Aboriginal Law Report

December 11, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending December 11, 2016.

In the News

Pipeline approvals has led to talk of opposition, support and reconciliation.

The fact that some Indigenous people support pipelines caught the attention of the BBC.

The annual Assembly of First Nations' meetings focused on the sincerity of the federal government's commitments to Indigenous people.

Questions about the legitimacy of the comprehensive claims policy was raised at the Assembly of First Nations' winter meetings.

The federal Minister of Natural Resources was forced to backpedal on threats to use military force against pipeline opponents.

Even before the federal government's newest 'expert' review panel starts to collect advice on changes to the National Energy Board, the Senate has weighed in with its two-bits.

The Senate is also considering studying the concept of 'Nation to Nation'.

The British Columbia provincial government has authorized logging in an area subject to an Aboriginal title claim triggered by Indigenous logging.

Northern British Columbia First Nations affected by proposed natural gas pipelines have been unable to agree on how to divide a provincial revenue-sharing offer.

The New York Times sees the dark side of Canada in the Site C dam.

This piece from my colleague Roshan Danesh on the difference between veto and consent justifies a click on the Globe & Mail site.

And here's Roshan and Doug White with a second instalment of their conversation on the development and future of Aboriginal law.

From the Courts

A new Aboriginal title claim was filed in Ontario.

Nova Scotia's 'conquered-people' lawyer was defeated by his own arguments.

Here's more on the Clyde River and Ktunaxa cases recently heard by the Supreme Court. 

Quote of the Week

"After a year with this government I’ve learned we need to be cautious with Liberal words because words will be words until there is real action."

MP Romeo Saganash

Off the Bookshelf

"The woodcutter doesn't know when the clamorous trees that he cuts down expire."

Federico Garcia Lorca, "The King of Harlem," (1929) translated by Greg Simon and Steven F. White

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

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