Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
Here's our report for the week ending November 26th.
In an important about-face, the federal government announced its support for legislation implementing UNDRIP.
- Liberal government backs bill that demands full implementation of UN Indigenous rights declaration
- Liberals will back U.N. Indigenous rights bill
- Canada poised to implement full United Nations declaration
Here's a good source of information about UNDRIP from an international perspective.
In the east and the west, the hydro-electric dam debate continued.
- Inquiry does nothing to protect people living downstream from Muskrat Falls dam says land protector
- Trudeau's Labrador residential schools apology and the Muskrat Falls hydro dam
- Finishing Site C would spark billion-dollar lawsuit, First Nations say
- First Nations Warn the Province Could Face Billion Dollar Lawsuit If Site C Goes Ahead
- West Moberly, Prophet River First Nations warn Site C approval could lead to billion dollar treaty violation
Here are two strikingly opposite assessments of the Supreme Court's Ktunaxa decision.
- A U-turn on the road to reconciliation | Lynda Collins and Natasha Bakht
- Jumbo Glacier Resort ruling a ray of sunshine amid B.C.’s regulatory snowstorm
With the growing debate about Indigenous citizenship and the federal government's shift to a recognition-based approach to Aboriginal title and rights, legacy land claims negotiations raise many important questions.
- Ontario slowly closing in on the largest land-claims settlement in Canadian history
- Who has the right to Ontario’s Algonquin lands?
The issue of unextinguished Aboriginal title is gaining greater prominence in the Maritimes.
This is a very well done piece on my client's Aboriginal title claim to one-third of New Brunswick.
The pipeline debate rages on.
- Graham Thomson: Of pipelines, politics and the 'Pinocchio rating'
- This $16B Alberta-B.C. oil pipeline has First Nations backing — but it may still never get built
- A B.C. pipeline spill would be inevitable. But who would pay?
Industry complained about government support for consultation.
The debate about Métis identity is heating up in the Maritimes.
One of Canada's leading Aboriginal law lawyers received a well-deserved award.
This story is a troubling example of the piece-meal infringement of Treaty rights.
Finally, the Law Society of B.C.'s Truth and Reconciliation symposium was attended by hundreds of lawyers (I was honoured to be invited to facilitate a session on systemic bias).
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Quote of the Week
“Métis identity is not a soup kitchen. It’s not open for people to come whenever they feel some hunger for belonging.”
Chris Andersen, Dean of the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies,
Off the Bookshelf
"A fool can go on being solemn / Revolving on his spinal column"
Theodore Roethke, "Prayer Before Study, "The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke (1975)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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