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Aboriginal Law Report

November 12, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our report for the week ending November 12th.

In the News

The federal government's apparent about-face on sex discrimination under the Indian Act led to cautious optimism and scepticism.

The federal government is touting the successes of its 'Joe Wild' negotiation tables.

The federal government's position on excluding s. 35 from the Court Challenges Program is inexplicable. 

Saskatchewan is facing a new duty to consult legal challenge.

The Liberal government is undoing some of the Harper government's handiwork in the Yukon.

In Ontario treaty negotiations grind on.

The Passamaquoddy negotiated an agreement to hunt moose in New Brunswick.

In Manitoba the rocky the relationship between the Metis and First Nations erupted in public.

Here's a good piece on the Supreme Court's recent Ktunaxa decision.

This is story exemplifies the difficulty with conflating citizenship and Indian Act registration. 

Despite a recent commitment to remediation, Ontario's mercury poisoning shame is not going to disappear quickly.

Treaty 8 First Nations are making different decisions about how to use their 'cows and ploughs' money.

Finally, those watching the fish farm controversy in British Columbia will be interested in this story from the New York Times.

From the Courts

The Kinder Morgan pipeline was back in court facing another legal challenge.

For those interested in the Robinson Huron annuities case, here's the link to the live streaming site.

Quote of the Week

"We should not trust the government. We don't trust the government."

Senator Lillian Eva Dyck

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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