Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending August 27th.
There was confusion in Ontario over what a recent road announcement was all about.
- RING OF FIRE: Province to fund road proposals led by First Nations - Canadian Mining Journal
- Ontario pledges 'support' for year-round road access to 3 remote First Nations, Ring of Fire
- Ontario to build roads into Ring of Fire region
- Despite Premier Wynne's Ring of Fire road announcement, First Nations say it's not a done deal
- Monday's Ring of Fire road announcement 'premature' say area First Nations
- First Nations dispute Ring of Fire road agreement
- Ontario Premier Wynne cut “backroom” Ring of Fire deals: Chief
One of Canada's greatest colonizers is under the spotlight.
- Sir John A. Macdonald: Architect of genocide or Canada’s founding father?
- Sir John A. MacDonald name debate a learning opportunity: B.C. indigenous education advocates
- 'A teachable moment': Debating whether John A. Macdonald's name should be scrubbed from schools
- FSIN Vice-Chief backs call to remove John A. Macdonald's name from Ontario schools
- Ottawa faces pressure to examine historic figures celebrated in Canada
- Debate escalates over legacy of John A. Macdonald in Ontario schools
- Liberal MP who called for Langevin Block renaming supports use of Macdonald's name
- Victoria mulls future of Sir John A. Macdonald statue
First Nations, government and industry continued to discuss the implications of two recent duty to consult decisions from the Supreme Court.
- Yedlin: A new chapter in consultations with Indigenous communities
- Resource Companies Grapple With Supreme Court Decisions on Duty to Consult Indigenous Communities
NAFTA negotiations have focused attention on cross-border mobility rights.
The National Energy Board announced the scope of its Energy East pipeline review.
- NEB pipeline review should delve deeper into Bay of Fundy impact, group says
- Writing on the wall for Energy East, but Trudeau is making costly gamble
- Yedlin: Energy East review goes too far
There's no end in site for the pipeline debate.
- B.C. government files paperwork seeking intervener status in court case against Kinder Morgan
- National Energy Board warns of unmet Trans Mountain requirements
- Amid Trans Mountain uncertainty, pro-pipeline Indigenous peoples make a pitch for development
Questions continue to swirl around the Mount Polley mining disaster.
Awareness is growing of how Canada's parks displaced Indigenous people.
Here's the story of one First Nation's efforts to get out from under the Indian Act.
The Site C dam in British Columbia continued to face criticism.
- Mike Harcourt Joins Calls to Halt to Site C Dam | The Tyee
- Marc Eliesen calls Site C Dam a "reckless" and "illusionary" fiscal dream
In Regina, theatre students are examining the meaning of Treaty 4.
The storage of nuclear waste in Ontario continues to raise concerns.
Finally, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law has an Elder in residence.
From the Courts
Here's the decision regarding extending the timeline for amending the Indian Act's registration provisions and an explainer.
- Procureure générale du Canada c. Descheneaux, 2017 QCCA 1238
- Ottawa given until Christmas to address discriminatory provisions in Indian Act
Quote of the Week
“We are not revising history, it is about being honest about our true history."
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Off the Bookshelf
"History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”
James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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