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Aboriginal Law Report

December 3, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our report for the week ending December 3rd.

In the News

To the disappointment of many, the federal government again failed to appoint an Indigenous person to the Supreme Court.

Given this week's Supreme Court appointment, I republished a short essay I wrote on the issue over 3 years ago.

First Nations in British Columbia and Alberta await a decision on the future of the Site C dam.

The federal government finally abandoned its court challenge to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's Jordan's Principle decision.

Here's an American Catholic view on the recent Ktunaxa decision.

Provincial boundaries aren't Indigenous boundaries--here's a prime example. 

Will renegotiating NAFTA include recognizing Indigenous rights?

There were renewed calls for greater measures to ensure the implementation of modern treaties.

The federal government was urged to consider a new Royal Proclamation.

On the west coast the fish farm debate continued.

Thousands of people across the country misunderstand the law surrounding Indigenous identity and Métis rights--here's an example.

I relied on my personal history to try to explain the relationship between Aboriginal law and Indigenous identity

The issue of the duty to consult, non-status and First Nations arose in Prince Edward Island.

With more and more First Nations working on citizenship laws, this story from Quebec is extremely important.

The issue of implementing the Marshall decision in the Maritimes is not going away.

From the Courts

The Supreme Court released its long awaited decision in the Peel River Watershed duty to consult case.

There was another instalment in one of the longest running duty to consult cases in Canadian history. 

Quote of the Week

“We can’t continue on with the status quo. It’s not good enough. When? We keep asking the question, when?”

Scott Robertson, President of the Indigenous Bar Association on this week's Supreme Court of Canada appointment

Off the Bookshelf

"Systemic Bias: A tendency for the procedures and practices of particular institutions to operate in ways which result in certain social groups being advantaged or favoured and others being disadvantaged or devalued."

Oxford Dictionary

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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