Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
The Kinder Morgan pipeline debate goes on, and on, and on....
- #TrackingTransMountain: A database of how Indigenous communities are affected by Kinder Morgan's pipeline proposal
- As Trans Mountain debate rolls on, Ottawa pushes to change rules for big projects
- Protests threaten to halt controversial Canadian oil pipeline
- No government should be standing in the way of the Trans Mountain pipeline: Liberal MP
- Kinder Morgan Pipeline Debate Is Dividing First Nations, B.C. Chief Says
- Kinder Morgan and the ‘Rule of Law’
- Pipeline battle escalates as B.C. government files court challenge against Alberta
- B.C. sues Alberta over legislation that would permit cutting off oil and gas shipments
- Ottawa confirms B.C.'s pipeline court case counts as a political delay that could cost taxpayers
- Trans Mountain: A Case Study in Uncooperative Federalism
- Boon vs. doom: People living along the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline have their say
- Indigenous people vs. tar sands pipelines
- Pro-pipeline rallies held in five B.C. cities Saturday
The fish farm debate on the west coast also has no end in sight.
- B.C. activists joined by U.S. supporters in protest of net-pen fish farms on traditional Indigenous land
- If Kinder Morgan’s numbers don’t add up, should the pipeline be stopped?
The breadth of the tragedy of mercury poisoning in northwest Ontario is finally coming to light.
- Health in Grassy Narrows 'significantly worse' than other First Nations: report
- Grassy Narrows First Nation releases health report detailing fallout from poisoned fish
- Landmark study reveals ‘clear evidence’ of mercury’s toll on health in Grassy Narrows
The federal government gave another indication of the limits to its commitment to a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples.
- Tribes and First Nations say they’re being excluded from Columbia River Treaty negotiations
- First Nations excluded from Columbia River Treaty talks - The Columbia Valley Pioneer
- Federal government committed to First Nations involvement in Columbia treaty talks: statement
The TRC recommendations are producing results.
- Indigenous legal rights, history and culture addressed in new guide for Ontario lawyers
- Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples
The LNG 'dream' lives on in British Columbia.
- Vaughn Palmer: Past support for holdout may haunt NDP with LNG project
- B.C. LNG industry optimism returns
In Manitoba, the NEB's hearings over a electricity swap deal with Minnesota will go ahead next month.
In Yukon, another agreement was reached to resolve 'overlaps'.
A Saskatchewan First Nation is being asked to consider the impact of a proposed diamond mine.
Also in Saskatchewan, there was a success and a setback over access for hunting.
- Indigenous Nations federation threatens court action over hunting rights
- Aboriginal hunting rights addressed by FSIN
- Sask appeal court overturns conviction of Treaty First Nations hunter
Here's an except from a new book on the Site C dam controversy.
Many First Nations are looking to cannabis as a potentially profitable new industry.
This is one of the better news pieces on the Métis of eastern Canada controversy.
And finally, more on Manitoba's proposed night-hunting legislation.
From the Courts
The Squamish Nation's legal challenge to the provincial environmental assessment certificate for the Kinder Morgan pipeline was unsuccessful.
- Court rejects challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline from Vancouver and Squamish Nation
- Vancouver, Squamish pipeline challenges dismissed by court in B.C.
- B.C. Supreme Court dismisses applications to overturn pipeline’s environmental approval
- Squamish Nation loses a legal challenge against Kinder Morgan pipeline approval
- Squamish Nation v British Columbia (Environment),
2018 BCSC 844
My cross-country series of free workshops for Indigenous people on current issues in Aboriginal law is quickly taking shape with new workshops and new venues.
The Halifax workshop will now happen on June 14th and will be hosted by the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat in Dartmouth.
The Calgary workshop will be held at Siksika Nation at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on August 7th.
We've added a new workshop for Williams Lake, B.C. on July 12th.
We're also working on possible workshops to be held at Fort Rupert, B.C. and in Kamloops.
The rest of our schedule includes:
- Regina, July 5th
- Winnipeg, July 19th
- Montreal, July 26th
- Edmonton, TBD
- Saskatoon, TBD
- Toronto, TBD
- Ottawa, TBD
- Thunder Bay, TBD
- Vancouver, TBD
- Victoria, TBD
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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