Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending May 21st.
Is it the beginning of the end for the National Energy Board?
- Scrap NEB and replace it with 2 separate agencies, expert panel recommends
- Thumbs up to report recommending dismantling of National Energy Board
- 'A spill is a spill is a spill': NEB modernization report benefited from Sask. pipeline concerns
- Yedlin: Transformational changes proposed for National Energy Board
- Will a Repackaged National Energy Board Be Able to Meet Canada’s 21st Century Challenges?
- The NEB may be ending...but how did it begin?
This is an excellent in-depth piece on the Kinder Morgan pipeline debate.
Indigenous people from Canada and the U.S. pledged to oppose the Keystone Xl pipeline.
- Indigenous leaders sign opposition to Keystone XL in Calgary
- Indigenous people in Canada, U.S. to sign anti-Keystone XL declaration
British Columbia's Green Party leader dismantled some of the more dubious pro-pipeline arguments.
This is a good piece on the growing trend across Canada to move from consultation to consent.
Prof. John Borrows explained the relationship between Indigenous laws and Canadian law.
Two pundits weighed in on First Nations and a proposed mining project in northern Ontario.
Winnipeg schools are to begin recognizing Treaty 1 on a daily basis.
Finally, here's more on how Canada spies on Indigenous people who work to defend their constitutional rights.
From the Courts
The Supreme Court will hear the Courtoreille appeal regarding legislation and the duty to consult.
Quote of the Week
“Every single man, woman and child has a right, and a say, about whether we consent to a pipeline or not. But right now, there’s no process for Indigenous peoples to say no. When we go out and say, ‘Let’s assert it. Let’s go out and occupy the land to stop the ski resort or the mining,’ then we are criminalized.”
Off the Bookshelf
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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