Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
The "Kinder Morgan Pipeline" became the "Federal Government Pipeline."
- Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh First Nations react to Kinder Morgan pipeline decision
- Say hello to Justin Trudeau, the world's newest oil executive | Bill McKibben
- Feds pipeline purchase helps some Indigenous leaders, worries others
- Washington tribes vow to fight Canadian pipeline with 'brothers and sisters in the north'
- John Horgan: 'It doesn't matter who owns the Kinder Morgan pipeline, the risks remain'
- Chief Bob Chamberlin says Trudeau’s Kinder Morgan deal was ‘shameful’
- ‘If we have to… we're going to kick them in the teeth’ Treaty Alliance not impressed with Trans Mountain purchase
- Trudeau's infatuation with Trans Mountain baffles the mind
- Why this B.C. First Nation supports government's Trans Mountain pipeline purchase
- Alberta Indigenous groups want to buy equity share in Trans Mountain pipeline
- Liberals to spend billions on pipeline, despite opposition from environmental, Indigenous groups
- Several B.C. First Nations may want stake in Trans Mountain pipeline project, chief says
- Trans Mountain pipeline: Did the Crown act 'honourably' toward First Nations?
- Bill Morneau lays out his multi-billion-dollar Kinder Morgan surprise
- Graham Thomson: Indigenous investment in Trans Mountain would provide moral victory
- Cuthand: First Nations have high stake in pipeline dispute
Law societies across Canada continue to act on the TRC's recommendations.
Here's a good backgrounder on the Treaty 8 'cows and plows' settlements.
My friend Prof. Gordon Christie from UBC Law consistently provides some of the most astute insights into current issues in Aboriginal law--here's an example.
I don't know how (or who) is going to decide who is 'white' and who is Indigenous, but nonetheless, this is a welcomed initiative.
Here's a good backgrounder on the federal government's planned reform of the environmental assessment process.
A federal bill to implement UNDRIP passed 3rd reading.
Proposed Indigenous language legislation is moving towards finalization.
- Canada releases dates for Indigenous languages law consultations
- Ottawa planning law to recognize Indigenous language rights
The salmon farming controversy on the west coast continues.
- Salmon farming industry defends record amid growing opposition
- First Nations come out in defence of salmon farms
The First Nation marijuana industry continues to roll out in fits and starts across the country.
- Pot profits will help First Nations communities, say officials
- Dene Nation calls on feds to postpone legalizing cannabis for at least 2 years
In the Maritimes, unresolved questions from the Marshall decision continue to divide fishers.
I'm not a fan of the sensationalist title of this piece, but it is important to remember the stand taken by White Bear First Nations.
This article particularly resonates given the ongoing litigation across the country regarding the piecemeal infringement of treaty rights,
Best Article of the Week
If you only have time for one article this week, read this one.
Quote of the Week
The federal government is "doing the absolute minimum that they have to do and applauding themselves for it..."
Sara Mainville on the federal government's environmental assessment reforms
From the Courts
Another targeted Aboriginal title claim was filed in British Columbia.
- B.C. First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their territory
- B.C. First Nation launches first ever case to extend Aboriginal title to ocean
The most important treaty interpretation trial in years is moving into final arguments.
The Federal Court of Appeal will not hear new evidence in the Kinder Morgan duty to consult case.
My cross-country series of free workshops for Indigenous people on current issues in Aboriginal law is 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.
New workshops scheduled:
- Williams Lake, B.C., July 12th
- Fort Rupert, B.C., August 2nd
The rest of our schedule includes:
- Regina, July 5th
- Winnipeg, July 19th
- Montreal, July 26th
- Kamloops, TBD
- Edmonton, TBD
- Saskatoon, TBD
- Toronto, TBD
- Ottawa, TBD
- Thunder Bay, TBD
- Vancouver, TBD
- Victoria, TBD
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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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