Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In British Columbia, there is gong to be a revote on a once rejected treaty.
Here's more on an Alberta First Nation's advanced-cost application.
Alberta continues to pursue its Indigenous mapping project.
First Nation concerns about fish-farm regulation were confirmed by an independent watchdog.
A British Columbia First Nation is working to protect its territory from a possible tanker spill.
- Heiltsuk First Nation and partner team up on bid to supply two emergency towing vessels
- Heiltsuk partners on new marine protection centre
The pipeline debate goes on, and on, and on.
- Cuthand: First Nations' support bolsters pipeline fight
- Tsleil-Waututh lawyer says new Trans Mountain evidence casts shadow over Trudeau government's 'consultation'
- Looking at the difference between Alberta and B.C. First Nations when it comes to the Trans Mountain
- Indigenous protesters willing to put 'lives on the line' to fight Kinder Morgan - iPolitics
- Chiefs from 133 First Nations join fight against Kinder Morgan pipeline and oilsands expansion
- 'What kind of help do you need?' Canadian banks eye Indigenous investment in pipeline expansion
- First Nations leaders claim Ottawa did not properly consult B.C. communities on Trans Mountain project
- Trudeau government's 'highly unusual’ Kinder Morgan secrets could scuttle Trans Mountain, says court motion
Pressure grows on the Pope.
Lots to talk about in Gatineau this week at the AFN special assembly.
- From cannabis to child welfare: Indigenous leaders hold rare special meeting on federal legislation
- What is 'a moderate livelihood?' It's time to figure that out, say First Nations fishermen
- 'We are all impatient': Trudeau promises First Nations leaders fundamental change
- Trudeau lowers expectations for swift, sweeping action on Indigenous issues
- Indigenous Chiefs Weary of Federal Foot-Dragging; Trudeau Pleads for Patience
- AFN wants provinces to butt out of pot sales on reserves
- First Nations leaders debate Trudeau commitment to Indigenous rights
A new book evaluates the decision to proceed with the Site C dam.
- Book shows how Site C justice begins with respecting First Nations, forests and farmers
- What's Wrong With Site C? Sarah Cox Has a List
Uncertainty and disagreement in the Yukon over the review of a proposed mine.
- White River First Nation calls for panel review of Yukon’s Coffee mine
- Whitehorse Daily Star: First Nation presses YESAB for full panel review
- Tr'ondek Hwech'in FN opposes increased scrutiny for Yukon mine
- No land claim means we're ignored in Yukon mine assessment, First Nation says
A revenue-sharing deal was signed in Ontario.
- Ontario government signs deals to share forestry, mining revenues with First Nations
- 'A truly historic agreement': province and northern Ontario First Nations to share resource revenues
Land claim negotiations continue in the Northwest Territories.
A pipeline across northern British Columbia is still being planned.
Uncertainty is swirling around proposed marijuana legislation.
- Trudeau won’t say if Liberals will delay cannabis legalization as Senators consider long list of proposed changes
- Trudeau vows cannabis will be legal by summer as senators urge delay
- Sahtu chiefs disappointed after being 'shot down' on cannabis ownership proposal | CBC News
- Senators recommend delaying cannabis bill for a year to address Indigenous issues
Bonehead Award of the Week
This really is unbelievable.
- Justice Patrick Smith named interim dean of Lakehead law school
- Lakehead University’s new interim dean ‘a slap in the face’ to Indigenous people: professor
- First Nations leaders say Lakehead University’s choice for interim dean of law school is ‘an insult’
From the Courts
A Saskatchewan man's hunting conviction appeal was successful.
- Hunter charged in hunting moose on private land wins in Saskatchewan appeal court
- Appeal court dismisses treaty hunter's conviction for illegal hunting
- Appeal court acquits Indigenous man of illegal hunting charge
- R. v Pierone, 2018 SKCA 30
A Quebec First Nation's membership law was found to be contrary to the Charter of Rights.
- Canada: First Nations group's 'marry out, get out' rule deemed unconstitutional
- Controversial part of Kahnawake's membership law violates Charter, judge rules
- Miller c. Mohawk Council Of Kahnawà:ke, 2018 QCCS 1784
Photo of the Week
On a flight from Toronto to Ottawa this week I gave a copy of my book to Senator Lynn Beyak.
Get Your Own Copy
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.
Our 2018 Summer Student
First Peoples Law is honoured to help develop and promote the next generation of Indigenous lawyers. Join us in welcoming Kateri Koster as our 2018 summer law student.
Kateri recently completed her second year of studies at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law located in Kamloops, B.C. She is Secwepemc from Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in Dog Creek, in the interior of B.C. Growing up in the community and camping and fishing throughout Stswecem’c Xgat’tem territory helped foster Kateri's sense of community and relationship with the land. Before starting law school Kateri was part of Stswecem’c Xgat’tem’s Stewardship Department which works to protect the territory and advance Secwepemc Aboriginal title and rights. Last year she was a summer law student at the First Nations Tax Commission.
Free Workshop in Whitehorse
We're kicking off our new series of free workshops for Indigenous Peoples on current issues in Aboriginal law with a session in Whitehorse on June 6th.
Topics to be discussed include the latest duty to consult cases, the federal government's Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, the future of the federal comprehensive claims process and much more.
I'll be leading the workshop which will run from 10 am to 4 pm at beautiful Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. It will include lunch and free copies of my new collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization.
How to Stop Kinder Morgan
Finally, next Sunday, May 20th at 12:30 pm I'll giving a public talk on Aboriginal rights and large-scale resource development at the Vancouver Unitarian Church at 949 West 49th Avenue. Everyone is welcomed. Copies of my books will be available for purchase by donation with proceeds going to charity.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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