Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 11th.
The federal government continues to draw criticism for its refusal to completely remove sex-discrimination from the Indian Act registration provisions.
- Bennett urges MPs to kill Senate amendment that aims to take sexism out of the Indian Act
- Quebec chief urges MPs to pass amendment to eliminate sexism in Indian Act
- The people left behind by Trudeau’s promised nation-to-nation relationship
This is a good piece from Australia on the complexities of Indigenous identity.
One of Canada's newest Senators criticized the Indian Act.
Here's a useful backgrounder on the importance of the ongoing Blueberry River treaty infringement litigation.
- Collision between Indigenous hunting and oil development rights set for legal showdown in B.C. court
An academic speculated on how British Columbia might move towards consent-based decision-making.
The British Columbia Green Party leader painted a picture of how to obtain First Nation consent for resource development.
First Nation leaders called on B.C. Hydro to immediately stop work on the Site C dam.
- Open Letter: UBCIC calls for the immediate cessation of the expropriation of lands for the doomed Site C Dam
The anticipated new British Columbia provincial government was urged to support First Nation legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
A stand-alone National Energy Board is seeking to engage with First Nations on the Energy East pipeline.
- Indigenous engagement on Energy East to be the focus of new 4-person NEB team
- Pipeline regulator to consult Sask. indigenous groups on Energy East
A Nova Scotia First Nation is preparing to vote on a land settlement.
Here's a backgrounder on the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation's 2010 land settlement for the Toronto area.
A Yukon First Nation raised concerns about a lack of consultation over a mining project.
The Maliseet are preparing an Aboriginal title claim.
Indigenous leaders responded to Quebec's call for constitutional reform.
An aspiring academic mused about whether a nation-to-nation relationship requires constitutional recognition of Indigenous nationhood.
Decolonization isn't simple.
Finally, the Tsilhqot'in put out a useful plain-language backgrounder for the Tsilhqot'in decision.
From the Courts
The judge who wrote the B.C. Court of Appeal's decision in Tsilhqot'in declined to recuse himself from another Aboriginal rights case.
Mi'kmaq in Prince Edward Island filed for an injunction on the Mill River Resort land deal.
Quote of the Week
"Life under the Indian Act is a horrible and unproductive existence whose ultimate destiny is insolvency and ruin, both economically and emotionally."
Senator Dan Christmas
Off the Bookshelf
“There was a house we all had in common and it was called the past, even though we'd lived in different rooms.”
Angela Carter, Wise Children (1991)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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