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Aboriginal Law Report

February 11, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In our update this week: pipelines, new federal review processes, a murder-trial verdict that shock the country and much more.

In the News

A Saskatchewan verdict triggered an outpouring of anger, resentment and frustration across the country.

After a lengthy review, the federal government proposed changes to legislation regulating fish and fish habitat.

The federal government proposed wholesale changes to the way it reviews major development projects.

Here's a useful piece on the problems with combining the duty to consult and environmental assessments.

The national pipeline debate proved fertile ground for flag waving and petty politics.

A British Columbia mining company's use of the courts to attack opponents has sparked calls for anti-SLAPP legislation.

Opponents continue to rally agains the Site C dam.

A mining proposal in Yukon has been sent back for further review.

Many Indigenous people continue to face opposition when exercising treaty rights in national parks--here's an example.

Tension is rising again between Indigenous people in Nova Scotia and a gas storage company.

The possibility of Métis 60's Scoop compensation took a step closer to reality.

The issue of Métis identity continues to be debated.

From the Courts

There was further consideration of the Supreme Court's Williams Lake decision.

The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a New Brunswick Métis hunting decision.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal with the potential to affect thousands of residential school compensation claims.

A Treaty 9 First Nation was in court in Toronto to challenge a mining permit based on the duty to consult.

A treaty interpretation case in northern Ontario raises questions about the scope and legitimacy of the Robinson-Huron Treaty.

Quote of the Week

"Not guilty."

Juror in Gerald Stanley murder trial

Off the Bookshelf

"White ice. White players."

Richard Wagamese, Indian Horse (2012)

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

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Andrea Coutu(2 years ago)
Certainly the Colten Boushie verdict will last stick with members of the Indigenous community for years. Having just written a course on inclusive language, it's been disconcerting to read comments that are blatantly racist and so uninformed about this country's past and present. We have a long way to go in fulfilling the TRC goals.

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