Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
The federal government doubled-down on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
- Trudeau government ‘sought to suppress the evidence’ of pipeline ‘gamesmanship,' say court documents
- Canada and a Texas energy company want a First Nation to pay for their legal fees over stalled pipeline project
- Trans Mountain pipeline debate: must Big Oil always shaft our democracy?
- Andrew Coyne: The Liberals need a pipeline to be built, and they need Kinder Morgan to build it
- Government to Kinder Morgan: 'Got their back'
- Trans Mountain: Will someone please build this government a pipeline?
- Morneau says Canada prepared to take on liability of Trans Mountain pipeline
- Morneau's pledge to backstop pipeline expansion draws criticism
- Morneau pledges to indemnify Kinder Morgan over pipeline project
- 'Rhetoric and hyperbole': Horgan fires back at finance minister over feds' Trans Mountain backing
- Opinion | Justin Trudeau has little to show for his efforts to reach a deal on the Trans Mountain pipeline
- Ottawa Funding for Kinder Morgan Wrong, Says BC
- These are the court challenges the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is facing
- Pipeline Politics: Kinder Morgan's Losses Could Be Covered by Liberals
- Montreal group calls for emergency rally ahead of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain deadline
- Ottawa confirms B.C.'s pipeline court case counts as a political delay that could cost taxpayers
On the west coat the fish farm controversy continued.
- Court Temporarily Rejects Marine Harvest’s Request for No-Go Zone
- Two Indigenous protesters ordered to end protest at fish company
- Disease found in Atlantic farmed salmon linked to Chinook salmon in B.C.
- Case against salmon farming mounts
The federal government decided not to oppose an injunction aimed at stoping work on the Site C dam.
- B.C. First Nations chief surprised Ottawa ‘would roll over’ on Site C
- Ottawa won't oppose halt to Site C work pending treaty rights challenge
- Canada won’t oppose Site C dam stoppage pending treaty rights challenge
- Vaughn Palmer: NDP, B.C. Hydro forced to go it alone in Site C fight after feds back away
- Opinion: Upcoming court case a critical test of federal and provincial commitments to reconciliation
First Nations are working to protect their lands from irresponsible mining.
- New First Nations campaign calls for improved mining practices in British Columbia
- Jacinda Mack and Loretta Williams: Time for mining to clean up its act
- How much will the $1B Giant Mine cleanup benefit northerners?
The Manitoba government sparked a controversy over night-hunting.
- Manitoba moves to reform night-hunting
- Province says Manitoba's night-hunting ban 'strikes a balance' with exemptions for Indigenous hunters
- Manitoba seeks to set limits on night hunting
- 'Against our treaty rights': Indigenous mom, night hunter slams Manitoba premier's plan to ban spotlighting | CBC News
This story resonates with many Indigenous people.
The controversy continued over a new Indian Act band in Newfoundland.
- Former Qalipu chief Brendan Sheppard says court decisions likely won’t result in much larger membership; fall election should proceed
The 60s Scoop settlement might not be a done deal yet.
Biased Story of the Week
This CBC report falls back on the old tropes of Indigenous people as being obstructionist and unreasonable.
From the Courts
A B.C. court decided the provincial government will be allowed to argue at trial that Aboriginal title has been "displaced," i.e. extinguished, by fee simple land grants.
In another B.C. Aboriginal title case, the Court ordered the First Nation to provide the province with more information about their claim in advance of trial.
A Treaty 8 First Nation was unsuccessful in its duty-to-consult challenge to the federal government's approval of a natural gas expansion project in northern Alberta.
Free Workshops on Current Issues in Aboriginal Law
I'll be hosting a series of free workshops for Indigenous people across Canada on current issues in Aboriginal law. The first one is in Whitehorse on June 6th. Checkout the details and schedule for all the workshops and register now.
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I'll be giving a talk at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver today at 12:30 pm on Aboriginal title and rights and large-scale resource development projects. All are welcomed. Copies of my book of essays will be on sale by donation with proceeds going to charity. I hope to see some of you there.
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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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