Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
We're back from spring break. Here's our update for the week ending March 12th.
A proposed LNG project on British Columbia's north coast continues to spawn agreements and lawsuits.
The serious effect of placer gold mining in British Columbia was highlighted.
in Nova Scotia, opponents to the Alton Gas project continued to raise public awareness.
Here's an update on the status of Sixties Scoop lawsuits across the country.
Alberta signed another 'nation-to-nation 'agreement.
This is a good piece on the direct action that's been taken to oppose an Enbridge pipeline in southern Ontario.
A forum in Halifax summarized much of prevailing criticism of how governments across Canada fail to uphold the duty to consult.
From the Courts
The British Columbia Provincial Court released an important decision about cross-border rights.
- Sinixt First Nation not extinct after all, court rules
- Sinixt First Nation wins recognition in Canada decades after 'extinction'
- U.S. Sinixt have hunting rights in Canada, court rules
- R. v. DeSautel, 2017 BCPC 84
A Treaty Land Entitlement lawsuit was filed in Manitoba.
Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was filed in Prophet River First Nation v. Canada, 2017 FCA 15 (thanks to our friends at Rana Law for keeping us informed).
Quote of the Week
"“My treaty is on the land. My tracks on the land is my signature."
Jim Maloney, Sipekne’katik War Chief
Off the Bookshelf
"Where civilization entailed the corruption of barbarian virtues and the creation of dependent people, I decided, I was opposed to civilization.”
J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians (1980)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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