Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our report for the week ending November 12th.
The federal government's apparent about-face on sex discrimination under the Indian Act led to cautious optimism and scepticism.
- Indigenous Senators Voice Distrust With Gov't After Bill S-3 Clears Senate
- Federal government changes course on sex discrimination legislation
- Senate backs down from standoff over Indian Act amendment
- Contentious bill on Indian status backed by Senate, heads to House
- Proposed bill to end sex-based discrimination in Indian Act a long time coming: FSIN chief
- 'Essential step': Liberals to end all sex-based status discrimination in Indian Act
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.
- Pasqua First Nation threatens Sask. gov't with legal action over Quill Lakes water channel
- Lack of environmental review for water channel is 'mystifying': law prof
The Liberal government is undoing some of the Harper government's handiwork in the Yukon.
- MPs pass bill to undo controversial changes to YESAA
- Whitehorse Daily Star: MP ‘pretty excited’ watching Bill C-17 pass
In Ontario treaty negotiations grind on.
- Algonquin land treaty still five years away Treaty recognition
- Vast Indigenous Land Claims in Canada Encompass Parliament Hill
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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