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Aboriginal Law Report

January 15, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending January 15th.

In the News

Following the lead of the federal government, the British Columbia provincial government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

In case you missed it, here are my two bits on Kinder Morgan and the duty to consult.

Mi'kmaq in Prince Edward Island threatened court action over a provincial land deal.

The provincial government is going to take a closer look at the current state of mercury poisoning in northwestern Ontario.

Indigenous people lost a dedicated. principled and thoughtful leader and spokesperson.

...and, Joseph Boyden.

From the Courts

Our clients launched the fourth legal challenge to the Petronas LNG project on the British Columbia north coast.

Two Ontario First Nations filed a legal challenge to TransCanada's Energy East pipeline.

Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline is also facing a legal challenge.

Canada has again gone to court to overturn a Specific Claims Tribunal decision.

The British Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge to the Gitxsan Treaty Society.

Quote of the Week

"Our Indian reserves are only .02 per cent of Canada’s land and yet indigenous peoples are expected to survive on them. This has led to the systematic impoverishment of indigenous people and the crippling oppression that indigenous peoples suffer under the current colonial system.”

Arthur Manuel

Off the Bookshelf

"There are no compasses for journeying in time."

Graham Swift, Waterland (1983)

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

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