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Aboriginal Law Report

May 13, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: the perils of modern-day treaties, the 60's scoop settlement, Kinder Morgan, LNG, night-hunting and much more.
In the News

The federal government's proposed changes to impact assessments and fisheries legislation are making their way through parliament.

A long running resource revenue sharing dispute was finally resolved in the Yukon.

An upcoming second vote on a once-rejected modern treaty is raising concerns in British Columbia.

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.

There Federal Court heard from all sides on the 60's scoop 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.

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.

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.

Free Workshops

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.

Please  to register for the Whitehorse workshop and to receive notification when other workshops across the country are announced--let me know where you live so I can update you on our schedule.

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.

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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