First Peoples Law is dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous peoples' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.

Aboriginal Law Report

April 29, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: pipelines, caribou, nuclear waste, child welfare and much more.
In the News

The Kinder Morgan pipeline debate rages on.

The issue of the federal government's consultation over Kinder Morgan was again in the news.

The British Columbia provincial government submitted its anticipated court reference on its powers to legislate in relation to pipelines.

Here are two contrasting views on the issue of pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction.

The disposal of nuclear waste continues to raise concerns in northern Ontario.

A caribou herd is endangered by proposed drilling for oil in Alaska.

Child protection laws go the heart of Indigenous communities. 

Public awareness of the diversity Indigenous Peoples is growing.

Controversy continues to swirl around the creation of a new Indian Act band in Newfoundland.

Here's an example of the challenges many First Nations face when trying to use the courts to protect their constitutional rights.

After years of litigation and negotiation, First Nations are driving forward on a major land redevelopment in Winnipeg.

Finally, here's a book review of a major study on one of the Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia.

Secwépemc history prevails

From the Courts

A B.C. First Nation failed in its bid for a fish-farm injunction.

  • Namgis First Nation v. Canada (Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard), 2018 FC 334

Procedural wrangling continues in a British Columbia Aboriginal title case.

  • Cowichan Tribes v Canada (Attorney General), 2018 BCSC 647

Off the Bookshelf

“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1961)

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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