Aboriginal Law Report
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.
To the disappoint of many, the British Columbia provincial government approved the go-ahead for the Site C dam.
- B.C. Premier John Horgan faces ire of First Nations after Site C approval
- How The Media Failed British Columbians on the Site C Dam
- British Columbia’s New Democratic Party Backs Destructive Site C Dam
- Landowners lament Site C decision, call for auditor general review
- Site C approval a 'Christmas present' says McLeod Lake Indian Band chief
- B.C. government goes ahead with Site C project, renamed ‘Reconciliation Dam’
- Treaty 8 nations to seek injunction to stop Site C construction
- UPDATED: Site C Dam Approval Violates Basic Human Rights, Says Amnesty International
- Site C: What Happens Next?
- B.C. First Nations seek court injunction to stop Site C dam after NDP approves construction
- Vaughn Palmer: Getting to Site C yes driven by debt-for-nothing status
- BC NDP’s decision on Site C is mainly a matter of politics
- Horgan's Site C promise bridges no divides between applauding supporters and opponents left feeling ignored
- B.C. to proceed with Site C hydroelectric dam
- Mike Smyth on Site C: Horgan couldn’t unscramble Christy Clark’s omelette
- First Nations leader slams NDP’s decision on Site C project
- B.C. government to go ahead with Site C hydroelectric dam project
- Editorial: Site C was political decision
- Critics say BC premier made the wrong call on Site C dam
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court retired.
- McLachlin cites Indigenous rights as source of pride on her last day at Supreme Court
- Beverley McLachlin leaves chief justice post cheering Supreme Court’s work on Aboriginal issues
- Richard Wagner is the right choice to be Supreme Court chief justice
The federal government appointed yet another special advisory panel.
- Federal government appoints directors to develop new council to advance reconciliation
- B.C. lawyer tapped to help shape National Council for Reconciliation
The 20th anniversary of the Delgamuukw decision was commemorated.
- 20 years ago, this court case changed the way Canadians understood Indigenous rights
- VIDEOS and PHOTOS: 20th anniversary of the Delgamuukw/Gisday’wa court decision celebrated
The British Columbia provincial government rejected the proposed Ajax mine.
- Province rejects Ajax mine application - Kamloops This Week
- Environmental assessment sinks proposed Ajax mine near Kamloops
- B.C. government rejects environmental certificate for Ajax gold and copper mine
- Ajax is dead; let the healing begin
- Don't rule out Kamloops' Ajax mine just yet, expert says
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.
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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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