Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending September 17th.
UNDRIP turned 10 years old.
- UNDRIP at 10: Are we making progress in the global fight for Indigenous rights?
- Genuine partnerships still needed on 10th anniversary of UN Indigenous declaration: B.C. First Nations
- Now is the time for Ottawa to create a path to progress with Indigenous people
- Nothing for Indigenous people in Canada to celebrate on 10th anniversary of UN rights declaration
- Where does Canada sit 10 years after the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?
Pending amendments to the registration provisions of the Indian Act continued to focus attention on its history and effect.
- Toronto’s forgotten role in the creation of the Indian Act
- Get sexist language out of the Indian Act: Editorial
Proposed federal legislation to protect Indigenous languages is drawing increased attention.
A review of the Site C dam in British Columbia is raising questions about the new provincial government's commitment to protect Aboriginal rights.
Facing the prospect of direct action, the British Columbia provincial government moved to support the protection of Indigenous ancestral remains.
- Lower Similkameen Indian Band wins right to remove ancestral remains from private property
- Work begins to repatriate ancestral remains
Alberta backtracked on its crackdown on Metis fishing.
A Conservative Senator expressed the views of many Canadians.
- Edmonton mayor calls for resignation of senator who suggested Indigenous Canadians aren't citizens
- Mayor wants senator to resign over 'incredibly ignorant' comments about Indigenous Canadians
- Sen. Lynn Beyak's position in question after latest remarks about First Nations
- OPINION: Trade Indian Status for Canadian citizenship? Canada can't afford it
- Lynn Beyak asks Indigenous Canadians to join rest of Canada in ignoring Indigenous issues
- Alberta minister calls Beyak comments a step back for reconciliation
- Controversial senator says all Canadians free to preserve own culture 'on their own time, with their own dime'
British Columbia salmon stocks are under increased threat.
- Atlantic salmon arrive in French Creek
- U.S. fish-farm collapse spawns rise in B.C. activism
- Salmon stocks need proactive approach
An academic called on Canadians to follow a New Zealand example to protect the environment.
Public de-colonization continues.
Reopening NAFTA has raised questions about Indigenous Peoples' rights and interests.
Here's a long but important piece on what 'nation-to-nation' might mean.
A pipeline through southern Saskatchewan might not yet be a done deal.
The effect of splitting INAC continued to be debated.
From the Courts
The issue of fishing and taxes is again before the courts.
- Lawsuit of the week: First Nations fishermen launch class action over alleged improper taxation of exempt income
The British Columbia Court of Appeal considered what the Tsilhqot'in decision means for the division of powers.
The Supreme Court denied leave to appeal in Blueberry River First Nations and Saulteau First Nation
Quote of the Week
“This see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, do-a-lot-of-evil strategy has worked very well for white Canadians for hundreds of years."
- Senator Lynn Beyak as 'quoted' in the Beaverton
Off the Bookshelf
"If the law is applied without exception, what place is left for mercy?"
J.M. Coetzee, The Schooldays of Jesus (2016)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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