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Aboriginal Law Report

February 12, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending February 12th.

In the News

The federal government told thousands of Indigenous people from Newfoundland they aren't Indians.

Here's an example of how government and company money can divide Indigenous people.

For the second time, the federal government announced a new Nation-to-Nation agreement with the Inuit.

This is a good piece on the lack of Indigenous representation in the legal system.

A group of Maliseet First Nations reached an agreement on an open-pit mine in New Brunswick.

Remember, Resist, Redraw--checkout the poster art in response to Canada's 150 celebrations.

From the Courts

Mi'kmaq in Prince Edward Island filed a legal challenge to the sale of a golf course, fun park and campground.

Quote of the Week

"The Canadian government is not trying to get better at settler colonialism."

Sean Carleton

Off the Bookshelf

“It is not down on any map; true places never are."

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)

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Graham PorterHill (3 years ago)
In all my 14 years in researching that relates to Six Nations, as we all know it all started here on the east side of Turtle Island. We knew nothing of Colonialism, but found out on the first day that we dealt with them which prompted us to create an agreement for protection and cause and effect to conditions set down. The first treaty was born, The TwoRow Wampum Treaty of 1612, that they signed immediately therefore sanctioned and accepted all conditions within the agreement. Where are all those treaties written down. Can't find them to being able to examine them as to how they've been tampered with in an attempt to ascertain why they think they can then assume land and resources, at will. There's no one source. Even I know that one of the reasons why Canada was denied a Seat on the United Nations was because Canada's continued refusal to register North American Treaties as it's a requirement in order to join the United Nations. Along with that Canada does not have a land base. And Canada has a severe Conflict of Interest Issue to be dealt with, but Canada again refuses. Do you have any answers to this .

Jim Tanner(3 years ago)
One of the first part of the answer is for First Nations to focus their efforts together on pushing the Governments to honour the Treaty promises. The law is on the side of the fair interpretation of Treaties and when they are forced into the Supreme Court, more often than not, the First Nations win their Treaty rights cases. Recently with the Williams case in BC Governments should be more concerned about what the Supreme Court may do if they don't play fair with settlements of land claims. The same should be true for Treaty rights. The next round is going to be compensation for taking up too much land and excluding FNs from their right to hunt and gather and meet their livelihood needs. Every Band needs to jump on the Band wagon!! he he.

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