Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In our update this week: pipelines, new federal review processes, a murder-trial verdict that shock the country and much more.
A Saskatchewan verdict triggered an outpouring of anger, resentment and frustration across the country.
- The Gerald Stanley verdict is a blow to reconciliation—and a terrifying one at that
- 'We feel like Colten died again': Boushie family, Indigenous leaders say they've lost faith in justice system
- 'Not right:' Outrage after jury finds Saskatchewan farmer not guilty in shooting
- Ministers say Canada must 'do better' after Boushie verdict
- Is ‘deck stacked’ against Indigenous victims? Trials raise jury diversity, media bias concerns
- Cross-Canada rallies in support of Boushie family follow acquittal in his shooting death
- Outrage follows guilty verdict for Gerald Stanley in shooting death of Colten Boushie
- Gerald Stanley acquitted in the shooting death of Colten Boushie
- Saskatchewan farmer found not guilty in death of Colten Boushie
- Shouts of 'murderer' in courtroom after Gerald Stanley acquitted in Colten Boushie shooting
After a lengthy review, the federal government proposed changes to legislation regulating fish and fish habitat.
- Mixed reaction to new fish habitat rules: ‘Would have preferred to see it go further’
- Fisheries Act changes welcomed by scientists, while industry groups say they’ll wait and see
- All fish are equal under Liberal overhaul of the Fisheries Act
The federal government proposed wholesale changes to the way it reviews major development projects.
- Ottawa overhauls Environment Act, NEB
- Ottawa overhauls Environment Act, National Energy Board
- Liberals unveil overhaul of environmental legislation for major resource projects
- Canada, facing protests, seeks to overhaul pipeline assessments
- Indigenous rights question remains in Ottawa's planned environmental assessment overhaul
- Ottawa to scrap National Energy Board, overhaul environmental assessment process for major 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.
- Environmentalists opposed to pipeline expansion invigorated by trade imbroglio
- Amid pressure from Trudeau, Treaty Alliance vows to stand against Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion
- A conversation with B.C. Indian Chiefs president Stewart Phillip
- B.C. First Nations plan large demonstration to stop Kinder Morgan pipeline
- GUEST COLUMN: B.C. pulls the pin on a pipeline grenade
- First Nations launching call for mass demonstration to protest Trans Mountain
- Trudeau government will insist on ultimate authority over fate of pipeline in B.C.-Alberta spat: source
- The constitutional complexity of pipelines: It’s as clear as bitumen
- Civil disobedience an option in Trans Mountain pipeline dispute, says Burnaby South MP
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
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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