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Aboriginal Law Report

April 22, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's report: Kinder Morgan, fish farms, UNDRIP, weed, cows & ploughs and much more.
In the News

The Kinder Morgan pipeline debate has escalated to a new level of rancour and divisiveness.

This series of articles is specific to the legal dimensions of the Kinder Morgan pipeline debate.

Yukon First Nations are standing on and defending their title.

On the west coast, the fish farm debate continues.

Given all the important work done this week at the UN by Indigenous people, it's a good time to draw your attention to Paul Joffe's sharp critique of a corporate-side analysis of UNDRIP.

First Nations across the country are debating the pros and cons of marijuana production.

This is a good piece on the inadequacies of the federal government's amendments to the registration provisions of the Indian Act.

Another 'cows and ploughs' settlement was announced.

Indigenous issues might play an important part in the upcoming Ontario provincial election.

I received an unprecedented number of angry personal attacks from people (all men) in the construction and oil & gas industries when I posted this piece on Linkedin.

The demand for an apology from the Pope is not going away anytime soon.

LNG may be down, but it's not out in British Columbia.

Here are some thoughts from the Justice Minister on the Charter and section 35.

The issue of child welfare law and Indigenous identity is of national importance.

Quote of the Week

"Making unilateral decisions about projects on unceded Indigenous territories is the exact opposite of reconciliation,"

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

From the Courts

The most important, and longest, Aboriginal right infringement decision in Canadian history was released.

The B.C. Court of Appeal decided the issues to be argued in an important cross-border rights case.

Off the Bookshelf

"We can overcome division only by refusing to be divided. That is a personal decision but then a social action."

Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (1973)

Download My Book

The new edition of my collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization is available as a free download. Paperback copies are also available to order. Click here to check it out.

I also have paperback copies available for free to non-profit Indigenous organizations in Canada for the cost of shipping.  if you would like some copies.

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

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Eric John Large(9 months ago)
Kinder Morgan still needs to adhere and meet all conditions it is subject to by court order before it goes operational. How many of these conditions had it met? Where can I access the status of this requirement?

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