Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our update for the week ending September 24th.
Primer Minister's UN speech was praised and criticized.
- Canada struggles to improve conditions for Indigenous people, Trudeau tells the UN
- The trickery behind Justin Trudeau's reconciliation talk
- Trudeau tells UN Canada has failed indigenous people
- Trudeau's UN speech failed to admit ongoing role in Indigenous problems: Palmater
- Trudeau addresses Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples in UN speech
- Neve: Canada’s Indigenous rights record must improve if we want to lead the world
- Cuthand: Trudeau's UN speech meaningless without action
- Trudeau slips a challenge to Indigenous leaders
Trudeau's speech at the UN reminded many of his government's hesitancy to implement UNDRIP.
The Treaty 7 anniversary highlighted outstanding obligations.
- Fortney: Solemn ceremony marks 140 years since Treaty 7 signing
- 'We've kept our treaty promises': First Nations' leaders say time for action, not words
The Quebec government raised the spectre of Indigenous Peoples reclaiming their lands.
Across Canada important work is being done to reinvigorate Indigenous laws.
The B.C. Utilities Commission released its preliminary report on the Site C Dam.
- B.C. Utilities Commission strikes a note of caution on Site C dam
- Opinion: Renewables cheaper, more dependable than Site C
- B.C. Utility Commission's top question: If not Site C, what?
- Site C on time and budget, but significant risks remain, report says
- Utilities commission seeks more data on Site C before final recommendation
Another Enbridge pipeline in southern Ontario became the focus for direct action.
Canadian lawyers are grappling with reconciliation and decolonization.
- Ian Mulgrew: Begbie decision is haunting Law Society of B.C.
- Hearing 'their hurt, their pain': Law Society of Upper Canada reviews handling of Indigenous issues
In parts of Canada colonization is a scenic drive.
The splitting of INAC continues to be debated.
What next for the Indian Act?
- Why dismantling the Indian Act will be nearly impossible
- Beyond the Indian Act in urban Canada
- When moving past the Indian Act means something worse
- The Indian Act: Breaking Its Stubborn Grip
- The Indian Act and Indigenous subsidization of the south
Three Indigenous graduate students discussed their contributions to the work of decolonization.
In British Columbia, farm resistance continued.
- First Nations video shows 'thousands' of wild fish in B.C. salmon farm
- Fish Farm Occupation Moves From Sea to City
Protection of Indigenous languages continued to be discussed.
The B.C. Treaty Commission is optimistic.
- BC Treaty Commission aims to have 14 treaties signed in two years
- Pushing ahead with First Nation treaty negotiations
From the Courts
The New Brunswick government was criticized for trying to circumvent the Supreme Court's Marshall decision.
- 'Unfair and oppressive': Court scolds province for interfering with treaty right
- R. v. Reynolds, 2017 NBCA 36
Here's the second British Columbia decision this month on this issue of naming private property owners in Aboriginal title litigation.
Quote of the Week
“On one hand we have the politicians decrying our sorry lot while their own colonial office continues to resist change."
Off the Bookshelf
"Most of our troubles come from having standards."
Thomas Berger, Little Big Man (1964)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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