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Aboriginal Law Report

June 3, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: the federal government buys a pipeline, Site C, cows & plows, fish farms, a new Indigenous 'think tank', new Aboriginal law workshops and much more.
In the News

The "Kinder Morgan Pipeline" became the "Federal Government Pipeline."

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.

The salmon farming controversy on the west coast continues.

The First Nation marijuana industry continues to roll out in fits and starts across the country.

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.

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.

Workshop Update

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 first workshop will be in Whitehorse on June 6th. It's completely full, but if you'd like to be placed on the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please .

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

 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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