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Aboriginal Law Report

September 3, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our update for the week ending September 3rd.

In the News

The federal government announced it will split INAC into two separate ministries.

Pressure is growing to end fish farming in British Columbia's coastal waters. 

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.

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.

The Northwest Territories's Mining Act is under review.

A land dispute continued in southern Ontario.

From the Courts

British Columbia was granted intervenor status in the Kinder Morgan litigation.

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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