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Aboriginal Law Report

December 2, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

This week's update includes LNG pros and cons, the Trans Mountain pipeline, self-government, a new 'Métis homeland' map, another of my Stops of Interests and much more.
In the News

In northern British Columbia Indigenous people have different views on a proposed LNG project.

Saskatchewan is pressing ahead with legislation that would create a barrier to the exercise of treaty rights.

Interesting that a new map of the 'Métis homeland' doesn’t include the Sault Ste. Marie area that was the focus of the Supreme Court’s Powley decision on Metis rights.

The new round of hearings on the Trans Mountain pipeline has become the focal point for protest and concerns.

Indigenous people met in Nova Scotia to discuss possible pathways towards self-government.

An Ottawa land development continues to draw the ire of Indigenous people.

A southern British Columbia First Nation decided to support a new LNG project.

Indigenous people across Canada are gaining more control of child welfare and protection.

Not all Indigenous leaders agree on proposed federal legislation to implement UNDRIP.

A fracking sand controversy is growing in Manitoba.

Indigenous people in Alberta raised concerns about a proposal to sell off so-called Crown lands.

British Columbia is going to finally fulfill its promise to share gaming revenue with First Nations.

The idea of Indigenous protected areas is gaining support across the country.

A new report outlines how to implement UNDRIP through legislation and policy changes.

The federal government was slammed for not living up to its obligations to settle specific claims.

The Site C dam controversy lives on.

From the Courts

The Manitoba Métis Federation is continuing its fight with the provincial government.

A significant court battle is building over carbon-pricing.

Year in Review

Kate Gunn and I are continuing our yearly case law review. In early January we'll publish a collection of short summaries of all the major decisions from 2018 along with a collection of case comments and critical essays. Sign up for our blog to receive the publication as a free electronic file.

Here's our summary for R. v Pierone, 2018 SKCA 30.

  • Appeal of a conviction under the provincial Wildlife Act for shooting a moose outside of hunting season. The appeal was allowed, the conviction was quashed and an acquittal was entered.

Stops of Interest

This week I'm in New Brunswick to explain our Mi'kmaq client's Aboriginal title claim to 1/3rd of the province.

Thank You

It was an honour to be presented with the 2018 Special Contribution Award at the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum banquet on Friday. Thank you to my colleagues for thinking of me and to Shain Jackson for creating such a beautiful gift.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

December 6th: I'll be part of an Osgoode Hall webinar panel on the Mikisew decision moderated by my colleague Kate Gunn.

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.

March 1st: I'll be speaking on "Strategic Infringement Claims," at the PBLI's Consultation & Accommodation Conference in Vancouver. 

Download My Book for Free

The new edition of my collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization is available as a free download. So far we've had close to 5000 downloads from around the world. 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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