Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending January 22nd.
Manitoba's Premier sought to fire up his base over night hunting.
More and more Indigenous people are making the transition from working for their community to working for government--here's an example of the challenges and opportunities.
Arthur Manuel's legacy continued to be acknowledged.
Canada's 150th anniversary is putting a spotlight on Indigenous issues.
As part of Canada's 150th, don't forget to watch Colonization Road on the CBC this coming Thursday.
Tidal energy development in Nova Scotia has raised important consultation issues.
Mercury poisoning in northwestern Ontario continued to draw national attention.
- Decades later, Grassy Narrows First Nation waits for solution to mercury poisoning
- Grassy Narrows chief wants Trudeau to commit to mercury cleanup
- Federal government vows action on mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows ‘once and for all’
- Grassy Narrows chief wants Trudeau's commitment to mercury cleanup
Here's more on British Columbia's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Public hearing dates were announced for the panel considering changes to the National Energy Board.
Oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is going ahead despite concerns about a lack of consultation.
Jane Fonda responded to critics of her recent trip to northern Alberta.
Too many consultation referrals to handle?--this story will speak to your experiences.
From the Courts
A Vancouver Island First Nation filed an Aboriginal title claim.
- Vancouver Island First Nation in court for rights and title recognition
- Vancouver Island's Nuchatlaht following Tsilhqot'in in land, title claim
- Vancouver Island First Nation files aboriginal-title claim in court
Written arguments are being filed in preparation for the Peel River Watershed appeal at the Supreme Court.
- Yukon government files its Peel arguments with the Supreme Court of Canada
- Yukon gov't: accepting Peel plan not an option at this time
The Kinder Morgan pipeline is facing serious legal challenges from First Nations.
- Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations launch new suits against Trans Mountain pipeline
- Vaughn Palmer: Impact of pipelines on aboriginal groups spills into courts
- B.C. First Nations take Ottawa to court over Trans Mountain pipeline approval
- First Nations launch more pipeline lawsuits
- B.C. First Nations unite in fight against Trans Mountain pipeline
- 'It is our Standing Rock:' First Nations announce legal actions against feds, Kinder Morgan
An injunction application against the Energy East pipeline is not going ahead.
- NWO First Nations drop injunction bid against pipeline work
- Ontario First Nations abandon request for emergency stop on TransCanada pipeline work
Concerns continued to be raised about Canada's decision to seek a judicial review of a recent Specific Claims Tribunal decision.
- Huu-ay-aht are ‘disappointed’ by decision to appeal
- 'Outrageous' that feds reviewing $13.9M award from logging dispute: B.C. First Nation
Here's a comment on the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in Courtoreille.
A British Columbia junior mining company lost in its bid to challenge the BC treaty process.
Quote of the Week
"We have seen many politicians and their promises come and go, and still our river is poisoned with mercury."
Chief Simon Fobister
Off the Bookshelf
"America, separated from Europe by a wide ocean, was inhabited by a distinct people, divided into separate nations, independent of each other and of the rest of the world, having institutions of their own, and governing themselves by their own laws."
Chief Justice Marshall, United States Supreme Court, Worcester, 1832
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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