Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending September 3rd.
The federal government announced it will split INAC into two separate ministries.
- 'I worry about this': Trudeau's move to dissolve Indigenous affairs department prompts concern
- Trudeau pledges to end Indian Act in cabinet shuffle
- NunatsiaqOnline 2017-08-28: NEWS: Bye, bye INAC: Trudeau to split department into two pieces
- Philpott may be right person to improve Indigenous health delivery
- Ottawa splits Indigenous Affairs into two departments
- Trudeau's shuffle was no small matter
- Trudeau overhauls 'colonial' Indigenous Affairs Department in cabinet shuffle
- The long Liberal road to Indigenous reconciliation: Tim Harper
- First Nations, Metis optimistic about new Crown-Indigenous ministry
- 'Things can only go better': Northern leaders applaud splitting Indigenous Affairs ministry
- P.E.I. Indigenous people see potential in federal department split
- 'It's an admission of failure': Sask. chief, academic unsure about Indigenous Affairs ministry split
- Cuthand: Splitting of Indigenous Affairs was a surprise
- National Inuit org takes wait-and-see approach to INAC dissolution
- King & Palmater critique the Trudeau government doubling the INAC colonial structure | The Council of Canadians
Pressure is growing to end fish farming in British Columbia's coastal waters.
- B.C. First Nations push province to revoke salmon farm licences
- Group of First Nations, environmentalists occupy salmon farm in B.C.
- Atlantic salmon catches hint at widening circle of escaped fish in B.C. waters
- B.C. First Nations occupy a second salmon farm as company raises safety concerns
In eastern Canada, the Mi'kmaq succeeded in securing temporary halt to exploration drilling.
The Site C dam in British Columbia is undergoing an intensive but limited review by the provincial regulator.
- Muskrat Falls experience a warning for Site C dam project, expert says
- Site C can’t be built – and Ma Murray’s former newspaper reveals why
- Vaughn Palmer: Hydro offers 900-page report defending Site C
- United Nations panel calls for halt of Site C dam project in B.C.
The new British Columbia provincial government announced it will take steps to protect Indigenous ancestral remains in the Okanagan.
M'ikmaq in Nova Scotia will hold a referendum on a controversial gas project.
First Nations in Ontario criticized the federal government for its legal positions in an important treaty interpretation case.
The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is inching forward despite ongoing opposition.
- Kinder Morgan camp cannot set up shop in Merritt, says government
- National Energy Board OKs Trans Mountain expansion of Burnaby terminal
The Northwest Territories's Mining Act is under review.
- Indigenous consultations, protecting environment key to new N.W.T. mining act, says public
- Resource-rich NWT begins rewriting its mining rules in an effort to attract investment
A land dispute continued in southern Ontario.
- Bitter land dispute results in blockade on Six Nations in Caledonia
- Caledonia politicians looking for compensation over Haudenosaunee blockade
From the Courts
British Columbia was granted intervenor status in the Kinder Morgan litigation.
- B.C. allowed to intervene in legal challenge of Trans Mountain pipeline
- Federal court grants B.C. intervener status in Trans Mountain challenge with harshly worded judgment
- Tsleil-Waututh Nation v. Canada 2017 FCA 174
Kelly Lake Cree Nation was unsuccessful in its appeal of a decision staying its Aboriginal title litigation.
Quote of the Week
“If this restructuring is going to be successful the culture in the bureaucracy needs to be addressed. The department is incredibly stubborn and resistant to change."
Prof. Hayden King
Off the Bookshelf
"Ding dong, the witch is dead."
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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