Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
The federal government's proposed changes to impact assessments and fisheries legislation are making their way through parliament.
- Federal bill aims to improve environmental assessments
- Bill C-68 enshrines human dimensions in Canadian fisheries law
A long running resource revenue sharing dispute was finally resolved in the Yukon.
- Whitehorse Daily Star: First Nations split $600,000 in resource royalty
- Yukon First Nations, territorial government sign resource royalty sharing agreement
- Whitehorse Daily Star: Chamber of Mines applauds renewed resource royalty deal
- Yukon government, CYFN reach agreement on resource royalty rates
An upcoming second vote on a once-rejected modern treaty is raising concerns in British Columbia.
- Two First Nations claim Lheidli T'enneh agreement encroaches their territory
- Simpcw troubled by Lheidli T’enneh Treaty process
- Rival territory claims will not delay Lheidli T'enneh agreement
- Third First Nation raises concerns over treaty
- Vaughn Palmer: Decades in the making, pending B.C. treaty already challenged
This recent court decision has greatly increased the risk faced by First Nations when their neighbours agree to a modern-day treaty.
The Kinder Morgan pipeline debate rages on.
- B.C. First Nation leader pitches sustainability to Kinder Morgan pipeline investors
- Why a B.C. First Nations chief took her fight to the Kinder Morgan shareholders' meeting
- Mounting opposition to proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
- Trans Mountain pipeline ‘a step backward’, says former U.S. vice president Al Gore
- 'Our land is our home': Canadians build tiny homes in bid to thwart pipeline
- Hard lessons for Kinder Morgan on First Nation rights in Trans Mountain pipeline project
- BC Chiefs call out government’s definition of national interest
- 'Without water, nothing can survive': Coldwater band challenges Trans Mountain pipeline route
There Federal Court heard from all sides on the 60's scoop settlement.
- Hearing on $875M Sixties Scoop compensation plan begins today in Saskatoon
- Sixties Scoop survivors split on proposed $875-million settlement
- 'Justice was not served:' Sixties Scoop survivors unhappy after approval of $875M settlement
This piece raises important issues about Indigenous identity.
The federal government is moving forward with its proposed Indigenous Languages Act.
A major settlement agreement was reached in Quebec.
Mining is a hot issue in the Ontario provincial election.
- Wynne defends Ring of Fire progress as Ford touts ‘gold mine of minerals’ in debate on Northern Ontario issues
Another pipeline is being promoted to cross northern British Columbia.
The possibility of LNG development lives on in British Columbia.
Manitoba wants to ban night-hunting.
- First Nations not properly consulted on proposed night-hunting ban, says Southern Chiefs' Organization
From the Courts
An appeal of a duty to consult case in Manitoba was unsuccessful.
The Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation registration debacle remains unresolved.
- Federal court rulings could mean re-assessment of thousands of Qalipu Mi'kmaq applications
- Wells v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 FC 483
We're starting a new round 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. The workshop is intended to be small and interactive, so seating is limited.
How to Stop Kinder Morgan
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 book will be available for purchase by donation with proceeds going to charity.
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.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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