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Aboriginal Law Report

June 17, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: mining, piecemeal infringements, pipelines, modern treaties, an update on my workshops and much more. 
In the News

In Manitoba, there is a renewed effort to clarify processes and expectations when the mining industry engages Indigenous people.

In British Columbia, a re-vote is reminding many of the deficiencies of the modern treaty process.

Piecemeal infringement that ultimately leads to extinguishment of treaty rights is one of the most pressing issues in Aboriginal law--here's an example.

Speaking of piecemeal infringement, here's another example.

Concerns about the re-negotiation of the Columbia River Treaty are mobilizing Indigenous Peoples on both sides of the 49th parallel.

The longest treaty-interpretation trial in recent memory is coming to an end in northern Ontario.

Ontario First Nations are wondering what will change with the  new provincial government. 

Will the federal government's proposed Indigenous Rights Framework ignore the big issues and institutionalize the status quo?

While we await its announced demise, the National Energy Board continues its hamfisted assessment of impacts on Aboriginal rights. 

A cancelled deal with Manitoba Hydro continues the raise the question of how extensive are Métis rights in Manitoba.

The name may change, but the Kinder Morgan pipeline debate rages on.

Indigenous people continue to raise concerns about proposed drilling in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Gobsmacker of the Week

Is Paul Martin really this out of touch?

Best Article of the Week

Pam Palmater speaks truth to power like no one else.

Quote of the Week

"It’s long past time that pollsters stop asking Canadians if they like Indigenous peoples or agree with our rights...."

Pam Palmater

From the Courts

Two Treaty 9 First Nations were in court raising duty-to-consult arguments over an existing pipeline.

The Supreme Court confirmed that the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal cannot decide whether the Indian Act is discriminatory.

Update on Current Issues in Aboriginal Law Workshops

My cross-country series of free workshops for Indigenous people is up and running. The first workshop on June 6th in Whitehorse was a big success--lots of great discussion around the table and sharing of experiences and ideas. My second workshop was on June 14th in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Once again, it was a great day.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the workshops, to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre for the use of its beautiful meeting room and to the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat for hosting us in Dartmouth. Below is a pic of the participants at our Dartmouth workshop.

 for more information on upcoming workshops.

No Report Last Week

Sorry about there being no update last Sunday--I was at family camp.

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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