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Aboriginal Law Report

February 4, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In my update this week: pipelines, colonizers, fish farms, land use planning, our first Rotten Tomato Award and much more.

In the News

The pipeline debate continues.

On the west coast, the fish farm dispute also continued.

Following the Supreme Court's Peel River Watershed decision, Yukon is preparing for more consultation.

At long last, Halifax removed a stain from the landscape.

Saskatchewan has a new treaty commissioner.

The federal government grudgingly agreed to increase funding for First Nation child services.

The re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty is vitally important to Indigenous people in Canada and the U.S. 

Opposition to the Site C dam is not disappearing anytime soon.

The issue of the Métis and the 60s' scoop remains unresolved.

Rotten Tomato Award

This op-ed piece gets the award for the most uninformed, pernicious article of the week (note to the author: the treaties are not surrender documents and the national interest doesn't trump Indigenous rights).

From the Courts

The Supreme Court of Canada rescued the Specific Claims Tribunal from irrelevancy.

British Columbia is seeking to appeal of the Desautel cross-border hunting rights decision.

This document disclosure decision is of importance to all First Nations with impact benefit agreements.

An Alberta court decided that the provincial Métis settlement agreement is constitutional.

Quote of the Week

"History books hold the names of heroes, colonizers and maniacal dictators. As long as we ain't puttin' history into storage, history will be just fine."

Ryan McMahon

Off the Bookshelf

'Even the bare discernment of facts, much more their arrangement with a view to inferences, must carry a bias; human impartiality, whether judicial or not, can hardly escape being more or less loaded."

George Eliot, Felix Holt (1866)

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

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Bernard Hink(1 year ago)
I am from Stone Indian Band, band member would like to up grade a habitat for wild salmon with drinking water tap for jug refills. Wild salmons are trapped below irrigation da and total cost for project would cost approx One hundred thousand to occupy on crown land in territory

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