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Aboriginal Law Report

May 27, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: Kinder Morgan, access for hunting, the limits of the federal government's 'new relationship', new free workshops for Indigenous people and much more.
In the News

The Kinder Morgan pipeline debate goes on, and on, and on....

The fish farm debate on the west coast also has no end in sight.

The breadth of the tragedy of mercury poisoning in northwest Ontario is finally coming to light.

The federal government gave another indication of the limits to its commitment to a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples. 

The TRC recommendations are producing results.

The LNG 'dream' lives on in British Columbia.

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.

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.

Workshop Update

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 first workshop will be in Whitehorse on June 6th. There are a handful of seats left so if you want one, asap.

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

for more information on any of the workshops.

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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