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Aboriginal Law Report

February 19, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending February 19th.

In the News

Nova Scotia issued a belated pardon for a Mi'kmaq trailblazer for the recognition of treaty rights.

Also in the better-late-then-never category, the provincial government announced it will cleanup mercury dumped in north-western Ontario. 

In New Brunswick, questions were raised about a recently announced agreement that allows an open-pit mine to proceed.

The British Columbia provincial government signed a deal with some of the Indigenous people who will be affected by its flag-ship LNG project on the north coast. 

All Canadians were urged to support Indigenous opposition to pipelines.

The Pope endorsed the principle of informed consent.

Many First Nations across the country are working on land codes: here's one example from Vancouver Island.

The federal government confirmed its commitment to legislative reform, including the Indian Act.

'Boyden' has become a verb.

From the Courts

An Ontario court found in favour of 60's Scoop victims.

A northern Ontario First Nation is considering different ways to assert jurisdiction over its lands after logging charges against the Chief were withdrawn.

An Alberta First Nation successfully challenged a provincial decision to not transfer subsurface rights.

Quote of the Week

"The Sixties Scoop happened and great harm was done."

Justice Edward P. Belobaba

Off the Bookshelf

"Only in the conduct of our action can we find the sense of mastery over the Fates."

Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (1904)

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Paul Chartrand (3 years ago)
I applaud the apology of Nova Scotia's government about the Syliboy case, which was given by a part- time magistrate However I question the issue of a pardon The pardon means that the province had the power to convict It puts an unbalanced view on the Treaty relationship when one party decides what is right and what is wrong The conviction was more than incorrect It was without authority For that an apology is appropriate

Bruce McIvor(3 years ago)
Excellent point, Paul. Thanks!

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