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Aboriginal Law Report

October 22, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

After a family vacation, here's a huge issue covering the last three weeks.

In the News

TransCanada cancelled its Energy East pipeline project

A settlement was announced for Sixties Scoop litigation.

Here's a timely publication by one of Canada's most respected historians.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline was on trial in a Vancouver courtroom.

Kinder Morgan's troubles aren't limited to the court room.

In the land of "Colonization Road," the TRC report gathers dust.

The issue of 'proper representative' is a pressing one for many Indigenous people--this appeal might clarify the law.

Doubt is growing about the future of the Site C dam in British Columbia.

Interesting parallels between these stories.

On the east coast tension continued to mount over fishing rights.

Fishing rights are also a source of contention in northern Ontario.

On the west coast, the long standing opposition to fish farms has blown up into a major controversy.

I don't agree with most of this, but it's worth reading.

This treaty annuity case is long over due and is being watched by First Nations across the country.

Treaty 8 'cows and ploughs' settlements are being ratified.

    Enbridge threatened to seize used furniture in Vancouver.

    Fall means a focus on declining caribou and moose populations in some parts of the country.

    Specific claims were in the news.

    Gaming revenue is a major issue for First Nations across Canada.

    Plans to change the federal environmental assessment process is creating tension between the AFN and the federal government.

    Saskatchewan's TLE agreement marked it's 25th anniversary.

    From the Courts

    The Supreme Court decided that residential school records can be destroyed.

    Métis in the Northwest Territories succeeded in a duty to consult challenge to an agreement in principle.

    A First Nation in northwestern Ontario won a $30 million flooding settlement.

    Quote of the Week

    “When the European settlers arrived, they needed land to live on. The First Nations peoples agreed to move to different areas to make room for the new settlements."

    Complete Canadian Curriculum Grade 3 (2017)

    Off the Bookshelf

    "They took me to St. Jerome's Indian Residential School. I read once that there are holes in the universe that swallow all light, all bodies. St. Jerome's took all the light from my world. Everything I knew vanished behind me with an audible swish, like the sound a moose makes disappearing into spruce."

    Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse (2012) 

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    Paul Chartrand(2 years ago)
    On the Newman comment while not happy with any reference to ideas coming out of the Fraser Institute, I can say that the Supreme Court of Canada has effectively abandoned the traditional tools of common law analysis, with the result that the court is failing in its duty to establish legal certainty. This is an offence against the principle of the Rule of Law. The example that Dwight Newman uses is only one of the worst instances where the court utterly fails to rely upon any legitimate source of authority for its pronouncement. All the courts in Canada follow the SCC. The result is bad not only for Aboriginal people and their interests, but for all Canadian interests.

    Roderic Laboucan(2 years ago)
    Im a sixty scoop child and I would like to know how I can receive compensation and tell my story of painful years from 6wks old till 18yrs was in foster care. Never seen my native mother as she was kept from me and my siblings in other homes.

    Bruce Mcivor(2 years ago)
    Thanks for your comment, Paul--much appreciated.

    Roderic--you're welcome to call our office to discuss your situation.

    Darlene Neegan(2 years ago)
    Im a sixty scoop survivor . How do I become apart of the settlement. I have my documents from CAS. I don't know if they'd be of any use cause most of it has been blacked out. What has not been blacked, definitely proves I was Crown Ward. I am a status Indian. Please help

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