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Aboriginal Law Report

October 29, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our report for the week ending October 29th.

In the News

New census data continued to fuel the debate about who are the Métis.

The law society in Ontario hired a former National Chief to advise it on improving relations with Indigenous people.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline continues to face opposition.

The fish farm debate continues in British Columbia.

In Nova Scotia the fallout from the infamous 'conquered people' legal argument continued in court.

The meaning and importance of so-called historical treaties continues to be one of the most important issues In Aboriginal law.

Anticipation is growing that the first Indigenous person will be named to the Supreme Court of Canada

A 60s' Scoop class action was filed in Yukon.

Canada's best known environmentalist called for action to protect caribou herds.

The legacy of mercury poisoning of Indigenous people in northern Ontario has no simple remedy.

In at least one northern Ontario town, 'Colonization Road' lives on.

Indigenous people in British Columbia commemorated their victory over a proposed LNG project.

Here's a good example of the invidious power of the Indian Act.

Parliamentarians visited the Northwest Territories to hear from Indigenous people about specific claims.

A Saskatchewan lawyer continued to raise concerns about lawyers charging residential school claimants unreasonable fees.

Here's a good backgrounder on the Haida Nation decision.

From the Courts

The Yukon Supreme Court released two important decisions on the negotiation of modern treaties.

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal approved of a narrow, restrictive interpretation of the test for Aboriginal rights.

The Supreme Court will release its decision in the Ktunaxa Nation case on November 2nd.

Quote of the Week

"You take away the salmon. You take away the people."

Gwishawaal

Off the Bookshelf

"...the only way to rectify the ravages that Indian bands have suffered is to stop looking for 'experts' and 'masterplans' and to refuse to except the presumption that Indians do not know what is in their best interests."

Noel Dyck, What is the Indian Problem: Tutelage and Resistance in Canadian Indian Administration (1991)

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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