Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending March 5th.
Grassy Narrows continues to wait for a proper clean up of the mercury that's been poisoning the community for decades.
- New study shows contamination in river near Grassy River First Nation
- 'Super-high' levels of mercury still leaking near Grassy Narrows, report suggests
- NDP questions Ontario Liberal's commitment to Grassy Narrows clean up
- PM under fire for saying Grassy Narrows 'very much' Ontario's responsibility
- ‘Trudeau is letting my people down by failing to lead on solving our mercury crisis:’ Chief
With the opening of the annual PDAC conference, this is a good piece from the Guardian on Toronto's role in the mining industry.
A so-called 'think tank' which has been described as a propaganda outfit for well-fed libertarians and reactionaries, criticized Ontario's policies on mining.
The British Columbia provincial government announced more details of its plans to better monitor the mining industry in the wake of the Mount Polley mine disaster.
Here's a piece on a common obstacle to First Nations participating in a full consideration of mining proposals in their territory.
A well known zombie, Taseko Mines, is back in the news with its plan for exploratory drilling in Tsilhqot'in territory.
First Nations in the Northwest Territories are concerned about a new commercial fishing strategy.
Saskatchewan First Nations with outstanding treaty land entitlements were surprised to learn about an online auction of vacant 'Crown' land.
With the provincial election only two months away, the British Columbia government was accused of abandoning an agreement with one of the First Nations affected by the Site C dam.
Here's a short corrective primer on common misconceptions about treaty rights.
A former chief from British Columbia is inspiring Indigenous people to know their laws and their history.
The RCMP has agreed to relinquish control of Métis artifacts.
First Nations are being forced to make hard decisions regarding the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- 'We have never ceded our lands': First Nations in B.C.'s interior weigh impacts of Kinder Morgan pipeline
The B.C. Treaty Commission finally has a new Chief Commissioner.
Here's a short bio of Frank Calder.
Membership decisions for a new Newfoundland band and a Craigslist advertisement underscored the ridiculousness of government control of Indian status.
- Native 'sisters' post Craigslist ad looking for 'full status sperm donor'
- Families divided after Ottawa tells thousands they’re not indigenous
From the Courts
The Alberta provincial government wants to intervene in legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- Alberta to intervene in legal challenges to Trans Mountain Pipeline: throne speech
- Alberta seeks intervener status for court challenges on Trans Mountain pipeline
Here's more on the recent Ontario forestry decision.
Quote of the Week
"Our lives, basically from the time we were born till after we died, is dictated to us by the department of Indian affairs, and that is absolutely wrong.”
Off the Bookshelf
"...most historical facts are unpleasant."
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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