Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our report for the week ending November 19th.
There is a disagreement in Saskatchewan over Sixties Scoop compensation and provincial responsibility.
- Opposition joins call for Sask. to compensate victims of Sixties Scoop
- Sask. government should pay $200M in compensation to Sixties Scoop survivors, says FSIN
- Premier Wall says ’60s Scoop apology ready; no decision on compensation
- Sask. man files human rights complaint over Métis exclusion from Sixties Scoop settlement
With a pending federal decision on a new judge for the Supreme Court of Canada, the importance of Indigenous appoints to the bench is back in the news.
- Trudeau’s Supreme Court pick tangled in race, gender politics
- BRIAN FRANCIS: Alarming lack of understanding | The Guardian
In the Maritimes, the Supreme Court's Marshall decision left important questions unanswered.
Here's a human interest piece on one of New Brunswick's best known land disputes.
On the west coast, the fish farm controversy landed in court.
- Court orders end to occupation of B.C. fish farm, pending hearing
- Fish farm protesters ordered to leave site
Sex discrimination under the Indian Act remained in the news, including a piece in the New York Times.
- Bringing an end to sex discrimination
- Canada Moves Closer to Gender Equity for Indigenous Women
- Indigenous women on P.E.I. applaud changes to Indian Act
The Heiltsuk Nation is taking the lead on preparing to respond to oil spills.
Try as it will, the Ontario government continues to face criticism over its response to the province's mercury poisoning disaster.
- Grassy Narrows leadership pleased with mercury cleanup funding but says help needed for survivors
- Kathleen Wynne says she never received Grassy Narrows mercury report
- Ontario vows transparency as testing at Dryden, Ont., mill site continues
- Ontario legislation to secure $85M in funding for mercury cleanup near Grassy Narrows, Wabaseemoong
- Province introduces legislation to fund cleanup of mercury at Grassy Narrows
- Confront mercury crisis on northern Ontario First Nation, chief urges Trudeau
- Province and Ottawa criticized for handling of Grassy Narrows mercury poisoning
Splitting up INAC has created confusion over who is responsible for fulfilling treaty land entitlement.
In the Northwest Territories, a debate surfaced over Indigenous lands, protected areas and 'development'.
From the Courts
The Robinson-Huron treaty annuity trial made a stop in Sudbury.
Quote of the Week
"It seemed like we had to scratch and claw to find out, you know, what is really going on."
Grassy Narrows Chief Simon Fobister
Off the Bookshelf
“And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my story.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1603)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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