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Aboriginal Law Report

June 25, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending June 25th

In the News

National Aboriginal Day clashed with Canada 150.

Indigenous flags went up across the country.

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.

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.

A controversial open-pit mine in New Brunswick received federal approval.

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.

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.

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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