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Aboriginal Law Report

July 2, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending July 2nd.

In the News

July 1st was a day of celebration, condemnation and contemplation.

A teepee drew a lot of attention.

The Cree of northern Quebec reached a milestone in their efforts to achieve self-government.

Despite a benefits agreement, an open-pit mine in New Brunswick does not have the full support of the Wolastoqiyik. 

The Ontario government finally committed to cleaning up decades old mercury contamination.

The federal government released a discussion paper aimed at overhauling its environmental assessment and regulatory processes.

A new study highlighted the effect on Indigenous people of oil and gas development in northern British Columbia.

Here's an example of a municipality working to implement recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The federal government is scrambling for excuses for not providing further funding for child welfare and social services.

A modern-day leader expressed his views on the meaning and significance of Treaty 7.

Many First Nations are developing land codes--not all of them garner enough support to pass.

The Kaska Dena Council clarified the purpose of its recent settlement proposal.

With the British Columbia Liberal's desperate attempt to trigger a new provincial election having failed, all eyes will be on the new NDP government. 

Finally, the application of the Northwest Territories Wildlife Act remains an open question.

From the Courts

Prophet River First Nation's leave application to the Supreme Court was dismissed.

Quote of the Week

"Decolonization will involve a fierce struggle by indigenous peoples to reinvigorate our own laws and systems of governance, and ignite within our own peoples hope and vision for our tomorrows with the recognition and knowledge of our true place among the nations of the world.”

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

Off the Bookshelf

“And I wondered, not for the first time, what patriotism is, what the love of country truly consists of, how that yearning loyalty that had shaken my friend's voice arises, and how a real love can become, too often, so foolish and vile a bigotry. Where does it go wrong?”

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

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

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