Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending June 25th
National Aboriginal Day clashed with Canada 150.
- National Indigenous Peoples Day in New Brunswick sheds light on traditions
- Yukon to celebrate National Aboriginal Day as stat holiday for first time
- Trudeau drops Langevin name from PMO building on renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day
- Mi'kmaq chief brings call for better understanding on National Aboriginal Day
- Indigenous group’s billboard criticizes Canada 150
- 'A rejection of Canada': Colonialism 150 sticker at Lethbridge art gallery draws ire
Indigenous flags went up across the country.
- Treaty #3 flag to fly outside Kenora, Ontario city hall, permanently
- 'A historic day': Algonquin tribal flags raised at home of German ambassador
A new exhibit opened on Chief Dan George (I had the privilege to attend the opening reception--very inspiring).
In Prince Edward Island, litigation and National Aboriginal Day went hand in hand.
Apparently, the Governor General gets his ideas on Indigenous people from Tom Flanagan.
- Governor General says he misspoke when he said indigenous people are immigrants, apologizes
- Governor General apologizes for saying Indigenous people were immigrants
- GG's comment that Indigenous people are 'immigrants' sparks social media outrage
- The colonial history behind the Governor General’s controversial Indigenous comments
- John Ivison: Mob outrage over Governor General’s misspoken indigenous comment is misplaced
There was disagreement in Yukon over a recent land-claim settlement proposal.
Also in Yukon, Indigenous people are working to manage their own fisheries.
After numerous Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings on child welfare, the federal government still pleads uncertainty.
- Ottawa seeks 'clarity' in court on tribunal findings on First Nations health
- Ottawa wants clarification in rights tribunal ruling on services for Indigenous kids
- 10 Years And 4 Rulings Later, First Nations Children Are Still Waiting For Equity
A controversial open-pit mine in New Brunswick received federal approval.
- Major New Brunswick tungsten mine gets federal environmental approval
- Sisson mine gets federal environmental approval, but transparency questioned
There was a call to rethink the deadline for filing residential school claims.
With the Senate and the federal government unable to agree on Indian Act amendments, the possibility remains that the deadline for legislative amendments will be extended yet again.
- Quebec judge won’t extend deadline for Indian Act changes – for now
- Senators defer final vote on ‘flawed’ bill aimed at removing sexism from Indian Act
- Government, Senate at odds over scope of indigenous lineage bill
Google added 'Indigenous lands' to its maps of Canada (strangely, this didn't include all of Canada).
The Musqueam signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Vancouver airport.
- Vancouver International Airport, Musqueam band sign 30-year 'friendship' agreement
- YVR signs revenue-sharing agreement with Musqueam First Nations Band
A flooding claim was settled in northwestern Ontario (more to follow).
Here's more on how governments and industry are pitting Indian Act bands against traditional Indigenous governance systems.
Treaty 7 returned to Alberta.
With a new British Columbia provincial government in the offing, a former NDP premier weighed in on the Site C dam.
Here's a profile of one of British Columbia's most prominent modern-day Indigenous leaders.
A West Coast Environmental Law lawyer was interviewed on the state of Aboriginal rights, duty to consult and resource development in British Columbia.
Finally, two academics considered the state of Canadian federalism.
From the Courts
Sylix (Okanagan) member Len Marchand was appointed to the British Columbia Supreme Court.
Quote of the Week
"...I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea."
Chief Dan George, 1967
Off the Bookshelf
"But, if I sample this pleasure so prudently and circumspectly, it will no longer be a pleasure.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black, (1830)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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