Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In Ontario, a negotiated settlement was reached in the protracted Williams Treaties litigation.
- Hiawatha and Curve Lake accept $1.1B Williams Treaties settlement, will consult communities on how to spend money
The Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp in Regina is slowly coming down.
- Protest campers announce plans to take down all but one teepee
- Gov’t could have learned from patience, understanding of Regina police | Regina Leader-Post
- A look back at the past 197 days of the Justice For Our Stolen Children camp
- Protest campers contemplate next steps as some teepees come down
Whither the federal government's proposed rights recognition framework?
- Cuthand: Treaties did not extinguish any Aboriginal rights
- Former TRC commissioner proposes way for Ottawa to save Indigenous rights recognition framework | CBC News
- Trudeau's words don't match early indicators on Indigenous rights framework: letter | CBC News
- Battle brewing over Indigenous rights recognition framework | CBC News
- Chiefs of Ontario call on Canada to do a ‘hard reset’ on Indigenous rights framework negotiations - APTN News
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's the overview of the proposed rights recognition framework released by the federal government this week.
I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this new Indigenous atlas.
The Manitoba Métis Federation continues its battle with the provincial government over a canceled deal with Manitoba Hydro.
First Nations across the country are looking for new revenue streams based on the legalization of cannabis.
- First Nations, cities both want share of coming weed taxes as B.C. renews reconciliation pact | The Star
What next for Trans Mountain pipeline?
Pam Palmater has cut through the hyperbole to summarize what the Federal Court of Appeal's decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline means.
A British Columbia municipality was heavily criticized by some residents for integrating aspects of an Indigenous land use plan into its draft official community plan.
From the Courts
After a two-week hearing, Treaty 8 First Nations are waiting for a decision on their application for an injunction to halt work on the Site C dam.
- First Nations and BC Hydro awaiting judge's decision on Site C injunction application - Energeticcity.ca
The fight against fish farm continues in British Columbia.
- Biologist, First Nation take Fisheries and Oceans Canada to court over farmed-salmon concerns | The Star
The Desautel appeal regarding cross-border rights was heard by the B.C. Court of Appeal on September 12th.
Quote of the Week
"This is a title war and everyone needs to stand up for their own rights and their own title."
Sechelt resident on the community's official community plan
Stops of Interest
This instalment of my short videos on Aboriginal law is about two important duty to consult decisions from the BC Court of Appeal.
So far this year I've done 11 free workshops for Indigenous people on current issues in Aboriginal law ranging from Whitehorse to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They have all been wonderful experiences. Here's a pic from our Moncton workshop on August 15th.
My next workshop will be on September 25th in Thunder Bay and is being hosted by the Nokiiwin Tribal Council. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
September 18th: I'm honoured to be joining a wonderful group of Indigenous lawyers, educators and leaders for the Competency for Lawyers CLE on September 17th & 18th in Vancouver. I'll be speaking on "Racism and Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession."
October 5th: I'll be at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa as part of a panel at the National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Mining.
November 22rd: I'll be in Montreal at the ADR Institute of Canada's annual conference on a panel with a great group of Indigenous lawyers and leaders to speak on the issue of Indigenous jurisdiction and the Canadian constitution.
December 13th: Don Colborne and I will be presenting a session on the negotiation and mediation of specific claims at the PBLI's Specific Claims Conference in Vancouver.
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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. Download Bruce's bio.
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