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Aboriginal Law Report

December 18, 2016

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending December 18, 2016.

In the News

The pipeline debate continues while lawyers prepare to file for judicial reviews of the federal government's Kinder Morgan decision.

After a year of talk, demands are mounting for the federal government to get serious about its reconciliation agenda.

Watch this beautiful and powerful poem-video to the Prime Minster.

With the final arguments having been heard in the Sinixt cross-border hunting case a couple weeks ago in British Columbia, the appointment of the federal government's latest special representative could hardly be more timely. 

An oil exploration licence off the east coast has raised important issues around the duty to consult.

With the federal government's expert environmental review panel having just wrapped up its cross-country hearings, now's a good time to watch this excellent video produced by the Secwepemc about their own review process of the proposed Ajax Mine.

This piece on Donald Marshall Jr. is a welcomed antidote to the Nova Scotia government's insulting 'conquered people' argument in the recent Alton Gas case.

The federal government's misconceived amendments to the registration provisions of the Indian Act continue to cause frustration and embarrassment.

Shoal Lake #40 hopes to see construction on Freedom Road begin soon.

Whither the proposed 'Ring of Fire' mining development in Treaty 9?

From the Courts

Here's a good piece on the recent Ktunaxa religious freedom case heard by the Supreme Court.

The Specific Claims Tribunal made an important compensation decision this week.

The Federal Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision which had held that the duty to consult attaches to the drafting of legislation.

Quote of the Week

"Y'll are operating on the bones of the Indian Act."

Helen Knott

Off the Bookshelf

"You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair."

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance (1995)


With both Christmas and New Years falling on a Sunday, the Aboriginal Law Report will be taking a break for a few weeks. We'll be back on January 8th.

Thank You

Thanks to the University of Calgary Faculty of Law for nominating us for a Canadian Law Blog Award for our contribution to the national conversation on Indigenous rights.

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

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