Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending August 20th.
The pipeline debate continued.
- Some First Nations welcoming, but cautious about NDP’s help to kill Trans Mountain pipeline
- OPINION: An era of consult and consent on pipelines
- Nelson: 'Pipelines are us' is Premier Notley's latest mantra
- Province wants meaningful consultation with First Nations
- B.C.'s new approach to Trans Mountain a threat to Trudeau's indigenous agenda
The federal government received another extension to amend the registration provisions of the Indian Act.
- Court gives Liberals until Christmas to fix Indian Act, but warns time for parliament to act ‘now ending’
Canada's record on Indigenous people was criticized at the United Nations.
- Indigenous chief says Trudeau needs ‘wake-up call’ on land rights
- First Nations Blast Canada at CERD in Geneva
- Indigenous leaders at United Nations condemn discrimination
- Canada in Hot Seat for Resource Policies at UN Racial Discrimination Hearing
- Onion Lake Cree Nation, the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Lubicon Lake Submissions to the UN
This is a good piece on the challenge of 'reconciliation'.
Here's a summary of some of the efforts across the country to remove commemorations of colonizers.
In the north, thoughts turned to 'what next' following Clyde River's victory at the Supreme Court.
Taseko was forced to stop work at its controversial mining site in British Columbia.
The number of critics of the Site C dam in British Columbia continued to increase.
Indigenous people in northern British Columbia expressed caution over the recent cancellation of a major LNG project.
The federal government was criticized for delays in amendments to the Fisheries Act.
A disagreement continued over a land development in southern Ontario.
Finally, excerpts from interviews with Indigenous people on racism in America.
Quote of the Week
"My existence is resistance."
Indigenous interviewee in NYT op doc (see above)
Off the Bookshelf
"It's illegal to yell 'Fire!' in a crowded theatre, right?"
"Well, I've whispered 'Racism' in a post-racial world."
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (2015)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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