Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending January 15th.
Following the lead of the federal government, the British Columbia provincial government approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- Clark government gives environmental green light to Kinder Morgan pipeline
- Conditions for building Trans Mountain pipeline have been met, premier says
- Editorial: Pipeline project faces a rocky road
- Pipeline politics: What's next for B.C.?
- Courts, cashflow and election campaigning: what lies ahead for 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.
- P.E.I. Mi'kmaq chiefs object to sale of Mill River to Blue Jays founder
- Mi’kmaq communities disappointed by Mill River sale
- P.E.I. First Nations may try to block Mill River sale
The provincial government is going to take a closer look at the current state of mercury poisoning in northwestern Ontario.
- Province to ‘carefully review’ tests showing tainted soil upstream from Grassy Narrows
- New evidence backs claim of secret mercury dump, ex-worker says
Indigenous people lost a dedicated. principled and thoughtful leader and spokesperson.
- Indigenous leader, activist, Arthur Manuel dead at 66
- Aboriginal leader Arthur Manuel worked 'tirelessly' on indigenous rights
- Indigenous leader and activist Arthur Manuel dies at 66
- Statement from the family of indigenous activist Arthur Manuel on his passing
...and, Joseph Boyden.
- Cuthand: There is room in the tent for Boyden
- Ego 'a little too big': Author Joseph Boyden apologizes for controversy around his roots
- Joseph Boyden's first interview 'a start' but it leaves unanswered questions
- A Voice for Indigenous Canadians Defends His Claim to Be One
- Joseph Boyden’s identity crisis opens up questions on who is part of a community
From the Courts
Our clients launched the fourth legal challenge to the Petronas LNG project on the British Columbia north coast.
- B.C. First Nation launches legal challenge against Pacific NorthWest LNG project
- Legal war against LNG project intensifies with new First Nations lawsuit
- Gitxsan chiefs say LNG project threatens Aboriginal fishing rights
- Members of a B.C. First Nation launch court challenge of federal LNG approval
- Two Gitxsan chiefs seek to block Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal construction
- Luutkudziiwus and Gwininitxw Judicial Review Application
Two Ontario First Nations filed a legal challenge to TransCanada's Energy East pipeline.
- First Nations accuse TransCanada of using maintenance work to "disguise" Energy East
- 2 Ontario First Nations suing TransCanada over pipeline consultation process
- First Nations file injunction against Energy East pipeline route
- What's at stake in northern Ontario First Nations' pipeline lawsuit
- Ontario indigenous communities sue TransCanada over pipeline consultation process
- Aroland and Ginoogaming Notice of Motion
- Aroland and Ginoonaming Statement of Claim (thanks to my friends at OKT and Shared Values Solutions for sending these along).
Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline is also facing a legal challenge.
- Manitoba chiefs hope to get Federal Court of Appeal review of Enbridge project
- AMC filing to stop Enbridge Line 3 in its tracks
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.”
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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