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Aboriginal Law Report

April 9, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending April 9th.

In the News

The Heiltsuk released their report into the spill due to the sinking of a tugboat in their territory.

There was a new commitment to resolving outstanding land claims in the Northwest Territories.

Despite the project being rejected by local First Nations, the Ajax Mine's environmental assessment was restarted.

The expert panel report on the federal government's environmental assessment process was released.

A proposed open-pit mine in British Columbia is raising concerns.

Senator Murray Sinclair denounced a Globe & Mail editorial.

Here's a good piece by Trina Roache on smudging in jail.

This piece epitomizes much of the confusion over the difference between community membership and Indian status.

From the Courts

The Ross River Dena Council was back in court challenging the Yukon's Umbrella Final Agreement. 

There has been a lot of interest in our Mi'kmaq clients' Aboriginal title claim to about 1/3rd of New Brunswick--here are the Statements of Defence.

Here's another good piece on the Ktunaxa appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Finally, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court was filed in Prophet River First Nation v. British Columbia (Environment), 2017 BCCA 58 (thanks to our friends at Rana Law for keeping us informed).

Quote of the Week

"That day changed everyone’s life – everyone was grieving."

Heiltsuk Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett on the sinking of the Nathan E. Stewart.

Off the Bookshelf

"You can lose your way groping among the shadows of the past.”

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night (1932)

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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