Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In northern British Columbia Indigenous people have different views on a proposed LNG project.
- Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. say LNG pipeline doesn't have unanimous consent - APTN News
- ‘The opportunity we have is immeasurable’: B.C. First Nation waits for LNG facility - APTN News
- Pipeline company files injunction application against individuals at Unist'ot'en camp | CBC News
Saskatchewan is pressing ahead with legislation that would create a barrier to the exercise of treaty rights.
- FSIN and Sask. government headed for court battle over new trespassing law | CBC News
- Province says new trespassing law does not infringe on treaty rights | CBC News
- FSIN says province's new trespassing laws are unconstitutional | CBC News
- Indigenous hunters concerned by new Sask. trespassing laws
- Sask. government moves to change trespassing rules, says public must ask for permission first | CBC News
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.
- ‘Our way of life in its last hour,’ Tsawout First Nation tells pipeline hearings
- Washington state First Nations speak out against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion
- B.C. First Nation tells pipeline hearings its people ‘face uncertainty’ with potential impact of Trans Mountain
- Expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline poses risks that could harm homes, culture: B.C. First Nations leaders
Indigenous people met in Nova Scotia to discuss possible pathways towards self-government.
- Nova Scotia Indigenous chiefs say land reclamation a must for self-determination | The Star
- Mi'kmaw women prompt last-minute change to First Nations Self Government Summit | CBC News
- Ovide Mercredi suggests new treaty for Atlantic region First Nations at Halifax self-government summit | CBC News
- First Nations self-government summit in Halifax to talk goals and processes | CBC News
- Indigenous leaders converge on Halifax as they plan to get ‘out from under the Indian Act’ | The Star
An Ottawa land development continues to draw the ire of Indigenous people.
- 'You don't build condos in the Vatican': Tensions linger as 1st tenants move in to Ottawa-Gatineau development | CBC Radio
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.
- Quebec First Nations take control of youth protection
- Ottawa to hand over child welfare services to Indigenous governments | CBC News
Not all Indigenous leaders agree on proposed federal legislation to implement UNDRIP.
A fracking sand controversy is growing in Manitoba.
- Unearthed worries: Frack sand mine in Manitoba draws ire from neighbours | CBC News
- Resource projects need to address treaty rights first
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.
- 20-year promise honoured as B.C. pledges gaming revenue share for First Nations | CBC News
- B.C. government to share gaming revenues with First Nations across British Columbia
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.
- 'Actions speak louder than words' : Report urges B.C. to protect Indigenous rights
- Victoria has to move beyond 'duty to consult' on Indigenous issues
- True, Lasting Reconciliation: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples in British Columbia law, policy and practices
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.
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.
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