Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In this week's report: Indian Act registration, racism, Idle No More, UNDRIP, zombies and much more.
First Nations in northern British Columbia await the provincial government's decision on the fate of the Site C dam.
- One of the biggest decisions in B.C. history is about to be made: the fate of the Site C dam
- Cancelling the Site C dam will be a tough pill to swallow – but alternatives are harsher
- Site C Cancellation Costs Exaggerated, Says Chief
- With or Without Site C, BC Needs More Clean Electricity
The numbers are being crunched on the cost of removing sex discrimination from Indian Act registration.
Indian Act registration is confusing and unpredictable.
The federal government's decision to 'implement' UNDRIP remained a hot topic.
- National | Why full recognition of UNDRIP in Canada would be a game changer
- NDP bill adopting UN Indigenous declaration begins debate with Liberal support
This is a story that deserves more attention.
Here's an American view on Canada's recent Supreme Court appointment.
- Analysis | Trudeau nominated a woman for Canada’s Supreme Court. Some progressives are disappointed.
Idle No More lives on.
The interpretation and implementation of the so-called historical treaties is one of the most important issues in Aboriginal law.
In Montreal there was a roundtable on Indigenous governance.
First Nations continued to raise concerns over proposed changes to the federal access to information law.
Debate continued over the impact of the Supreme Court's Peel River decision.
- N.W.T. Indigenous leaders say Peel decision shows Canada must honour treaties
- We made mistakes, Yukon Party says after Supreme Court's Peel decision
Finally, the day-to-day racism faced by many Indigenous lawyers was revealed in a short video.
From the Courts
In British Columbia a zombie mining company took another hit.
- Court upholds decision to block Taseko mine near Williams Lake
- Taseko Mines Limited v. Canada (Environment), 2017 FC 1099
- Taseko Mines Limited v. Canada (Environment), 2017 FC 1100
Quote of the Week
"Canada is posturing all the wonderful wording, but reconciliation, UNDRIP, all these things don't mean anything when our Treaty terms and promises are not enforced."
Off the Bookshelf
"We will not trust the government with our futures any longer."
Harold Cardinal, The Unjust Society (1969)
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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