Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending February 12th.
The federal government told thousands of Indigenous people from Newfoundland they aren't Indians.
- No easy solution to Qalipu quandary
- Many Apply, Few Qualify: Canada Rejects Indian Status for Thousands
- About 80,000 denied eligibility for Newfoundland first nation band
Here's an example of how government and company money can divide Indigenous people.
- Who owns the land — the people or the chief?
- B.C. Government Payments for LNG Support Called 'Bribery,' Divide Gitxsan Nation
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.
- P.E.I. Mi'kmaq file court challenge over Mill River land sale
- Mi'kmaq chiefs file for judicial review of Mill River deal
- Notice of Application
Quote of the Week
"The Canadian government is not trying to get better at settler colonialism."
Off the Bookshelf
“It is not down on any map; true places never are."
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
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