Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
First Nations in BC are still waiting for meaningful mining reform.
There was an agreement on the moose-hunting debate in the British Columbia interior.
First Nations in British Columbia criticized the DFO for mis-managing the salmon fishery.
With the Quebec provincial election tomorrow, here's a different view on the sovereignty question.
The University of Victoria launched an Indigenous Legal Orders programme.
- Students learn Indigenous law in new degree program at UVic
- University of Victoria to offer world’s first Indigenous law degree
This piece points the finger at racism in Saskatchewan.
Talking about racism, here's another story from Alberta about education.
Talking about racism, halloween is just around the corner.
A new book looks in depth at Canada's pipeline debate.
- Pipe Dreams: Energy East proved just how difficult Indigenous consultations can be
- 'I would read them the riot act,' says Lisa Raitt in new book about doomed Energy East pipeline
This is a useful backgrounder on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline.
The federal Conservatives outlined their ideas for resurrecting the Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Scheer calls for 'special representative,' emergency law for Trans Mountain
- Ottawa needs 'special representative' to consult Indigenous groups and save Trans Mountain, says Scheer
- Andrew Scheer thinks he can actually build a pipeline
Two Alberta Chiefs called for a better approach to consultation.
This is an example of First Nations using water-license renewals to try to achieve meaningful changes to hydro-electric power regimes.
The Prime Minister is facing increasing pressure to fulfill his commitments to Indigenous Peoples.
- Canadian MP says Trudeau 'doesn't give a fuck' about indigenous rights
- NDP Saganash lets Trudeau have it over duty to consult on pipeline project in House of Commons
- Justin Trudeau Is All Talk And No Action On First Nations Rights
The criticism levelled at Trudeau is news south of the border.
Here's more on residential school deniers.
From the Courts
An Alberta First Nation is waiting for a federal court decision on a reserve land dispute.
Quote of the Week
"Why doesn't the prime minister just say the truth and tell Indigenous Peoples that he doesn't give a fuck about their rights?"
Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash in Question Period
Rotten Tomato Award
Here's a classic example of a right-wing columnist pulling out all the stops to discredit and dismiss legitimate Indigenous concerns.
- Christie Blatchford: This judge did everything right, his only sin is not being Indigenous
We had another great workshop last week in Thunder Bay with between 50 and 60 people in attendance. A huge thank you to the Nokiiwin Tribal Council for hosting and to everyone who came out and shared their passion for defending Indigenous rights.
I'm planning future workshops in Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto and Montreal. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
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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