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Aboriginal Law Report

December 17, 2017

By Bruce McIvor

Here's our report for the week: the Site C dam approved, the Ajax mine rejected, the Chief Justice retires and much more.

In the News

To the disappoint of many, the British Columbia provincial government approved the go-ahead for the Site C dam.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court retired.

The federal government appointed yet another special advisory panel.

The 20th anniversary of the Delgamuukw decision was commemorated.

The British Columbia provincial government rejected the proposed Ajax mine.

More questions were raised about proposed legislation to implement UNDRIP

Thirteen years after the Haida Nation decision from the Supreme Court logging continues to be controversial on Haida Gwaii.

In Alberta hunting charges against Métis hunters were dropped.

The Tsilhqot'in decision left the private land issue unresolved.

This is a good example of the struggles Indigenous people face in exercising their constitutional rights.

The CBC did a story on discrimination in the law.

Finally, looking to buy a book for someone?

From the Courts

The Innu Aboriginal title claim continues to make its way through the courts in Quebec.

  • Procureur général de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador c. Uashaunnuat (Innus de Uashat et de Mani-Utenam), 2017 QCCA 1791

Quote of the Week

"We were hoping things would be different and it's just the same old, same old."

Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nation

Off the Bookshelf

"We must hope that during the twenty-first century humanity will work out a new balance between adequate energy use to sustain a decent quality of life and the imperative of not affecting the biosphere in ways inimical to human survival."

Vaclav Smil, Energy in Nature and Society: General Energetics of Complex Systems (2008)


I'll be taking a few weeks off to focus on family and friends. Thanks for reading the Aboriginal Law Report in 2017. We'll be back in early January.

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

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