Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our report for the week ending November 5th.
The B.C. Utilities Commission released a report damning the Site C dam.
- Site C likely to cost $10 billion and unlikely to be built on time
- Site C dam project running over budget, says regulator
- B.C. government to decide fate of Site C by year's end
- Reaction swift as Site C final report released
- B.C. premier says Site C could end up in Supreme Court over Indigenous rights
- Site C dam not needed for power, B.C. Utilities Commission says
- Vaughn Palmer: Columbia River Treaty interesting option as NDP ponders Site C
- Greens won't derail NDP government if Site C allowed to finish
- Cracks in Site C project’s future emerge as Horgan questions if it’s in B.C.’s ‘best interests’
- We have a historic opportunity to consider alternatives to Site C
Criticism continued to mount over proposed changes to federal access to information legislation.
While the federal government continued to face criticism for its limited proposed amendments to the Indian Act, it announced consultation on Indian Act membership and citizenship.
- Federal Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex discrimination bill
- INAC to start consultation on Indian registration, band membership
Fish farm protests continued in British Columbia.
This article discusses an interesting development in the Ontario `sheltering cases,` Shipman and Meshake.
This piece is about another pipeline--adequacy of consultation situation.
- 'We have to be involved': N.W.T. First Nation says Enbridge not properly consulting on pipeline repair
The debate about who are the Metis continues.
This is an interesting piece about consultation and environmental management.
The most important treaty case since Keewatin a.k.a. Grassy Narrows continues.
All of Saskatchewan should be embarrassed by Sask Power`s position in this controversy.
Looking for Christmas gift suggestions?
- New Indigenous children's book teaches kids about the importance of clean water
- Book Review: Two new books for elementary students on Treaties
Here's a good backgrounder from the New York Times on the pending Peel River watershed decision from the Supreme Court.
From the Courts
The Supreme Court released a hugely divisive decision on freedom of religion and Aboriginal rights.
- B.C. First Nation profoundly disappointed but undeterred by Supreme Court ruling
- Supreme Court approves B.C. ski resort development on Indigenous lands
- Supreme Court ruling removes barrier for massive ski resort on land First Nation considers sacred
- Top court deals blow to Indigenous peoples
- Chris Selley: Supreme Court ruling over B.C. ski resort a blow to Indigenous religious rights
- Canada approves plan to build ski resort land held sacred by indigenous people
- Opinion | With B.C. ski resort decision Supreme Court takes a pause from promoting Indigenous rights: Walkom
- Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations), 2017 SCC 54
Quote of the Week
"It seems that we are not allowed to say no."
Kathryn Teneese, Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council
Off the Bookshelf
"The truth about stories is that's all we are."
Thomas King, The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative (2003)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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