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Aboriginal Law Report

February 5, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending February 5th.

In the News

Having failed to reach an agreement with the Kaska Dena Council, the Yukon government has temporarily banned mineral exploration in part of the Yukon.

The federal government agreed to negotiation frameworks with Métis in Alberta and Ontario.

One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations might be implemented.

APTN's Trina Roach put together a very interesting three-part story on the Mi'kmaq in Newfoundland.

With a proposed LNG project on the British Columbia north coast facing several court challenges, the provincial and federal governments created a new environmental monitoring committee with limited First Nation participation.

The proposed pipeline to feed the LNG plant is also being challenged.

Manitoba's Premier tried to walk back his inflammatory comments about night hunting.

From the Courts

The British Columbia Court of Appeal followed in the footsteps of last week's decision from the Federal Court of Appeal in dismissing a challenge to the Site C dam.

Nova Scotia's approval of a natural gas cavern storage project was quashed because the government failed to share a report it relied on to assess consultation.

The federal government agreed to work towards a settlement of the 60's Scoop litigation in Ontario.

The zombie-like Prosperity Mine project was back in court in Vancouver.

Quote of the Week

"This is an arrogant and unrepentant company that has not learned its lesson, despite not one, but two scathing federal rejections by the Harper government, the most pro-industry and anti-First Nations government in memory.”

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Taseko Mines

Off the Bookshelf

"I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.”

Antonio Gramsci, Prison Letters (1994)

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