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

Aboriginal Law Report

May 20, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: Kinder Morgan, night-hunting, fish farms, biased reporting, free workshops for Indigenous people and much more.
In the News

The federal government doubled-down on the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

On the west coat the fish farm controversy continued.

The federal government decided not to oppose an injunction aimed at stoping work on the Site C dam.

First Nations are working to protect their lands from irresponsible mining.

The Manitoba government sparked a controversy over night-hunting.

This story resonates with many Indigenous people.

The controversy continued over a new Indian Act band in Newfoundland.

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.

Join Me Today

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.

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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