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Aboriginal Law Report

February 18, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: Canada's history of racism and violence, rhetoric vs reality, pipelines, moose meat, another rotten tomato and much more.

In the News

National and international attention turned to Canada's long history and current reality of violence and racism.

The federal government announced plans to develop an Indigenous rights framework.

Beyond the lofty rhetoric, here's an example of what's going on on the ground.

In Nova Scotia, a proposed gas-storage project continued to focus Indigenous opposition.

The pipeline debate continued.

In New Brunswick, tired old arguments about 'safety' were raised as justification for infringing hunting rights.

In Yukon, a mining company is facing a flood of questions about a proposed mine. 

The B.C. provincial government renewed its commitment to UNDRIP and the TRC's calls to action.

Here's a book review of an excellent new academic study of the Secwepemc.

Not everyone is happy with the proposed 60s Scoop settlement.

From the Courts

The Robinson-Huron Treaty annuity trial continued in northern Ontario.

A Treaty 9 First Nation is waiting for a court decision on its challenge to a mining permit.

Rotten Tomato Award

This week's rotten tomato goes to Ottawa Citizen's editorial staff. The paper's argument that the recognition of inherent Indigenous rights cannot proceed without public input and debate epitomizes the colonial mindset.

Off the Bookshelf

"Truth is austere...."

Stendhal, The Red and Black (1830)

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

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