Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Pipelines continue to top the headlines.
- The Wet’suwet’en Aren’t Just Protecting “the Environment”
- Indigenous nation in Washington state seeks meeting with feds on Trans Mountain - Times Colonist
- Hundreds of landowners still haven't signed agreements with Trans Mountain | CBC News
- Enbridge open to rerouting Line 5 pipeline around reservation in Wisconsin | CBC News
- Indigenous-led group submits unsolicited bid to buy Trans Mountain pipeline | CBC News
- First Nations pipeline group leader courts B.C. elders
The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly took place in Fredericton.
- First Nations leaders assess Liberal track record ahead of federal election - APTN News
- Bennett touts feds' move to split INAC in speech at AFN gathering - Hill Times
- Education focus of key resolutions on final day of AFN assembly | CBC News
- AFN chief vows to influence party platforms in advance of federal election - National Observer
The Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation took legal action against Coastal GasLink.
- The Gidimt’en bring their battle with Coastal Gas Links to the Supreme Court - Bulkley Lakes Now
- Wet’suwet’en clan launches civil lawsuit against Coastal GasLink - Terrace Standard
Hydro One took legal action against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council.
Snow crabs are back in the headlines.
- Carolyn Bennett says government is working to improve snow crab fishery for Indigenous people | CBC News
- Indigenous people don't want to be excluded from snow crab fishery, national chief says | CBC News
Opposition to the Sisson Mine continues in Wolastoqey territory.
- Wolastoqey leaders resolute on Sisson mine as controversial project one step closer to reality - APTN News
- Latest Sisson Mine approval leaves First Nations, conservation groups uneasy | CBC News
The Frontier mine near Wood Buffalo National Park was deemed in the public interest.
- Panel review of proposed oilsands mine concerns environmentalists, Indigenous community | CBC News
- Oilsands mine in public interest despite 'significant adverse' effects, panel says | CBC News
The Heiltsuk Nation signed a historic agreement with the federal government.
- Heiltsuk Nation and Canada Sign Groundbreaking $40-Million Investment Agreement - Coastal First Nations
- Canada and Heiltsuk Sign the Haíɫcístut Incremental House Post Agreement - Canada.ca
The Athabasca Denesuline’s land claim negotiations are still suspended.
The “conquered peoples” argument remains front and centre in Nova Scotia.
- Will Supreme Court hear N.S. government's 'unconquered people' case? It's no sure thing | CBC News
- McNeil ought to have known of 'conquered people' argument, says Mi'kmaq Chiefs' counsel | The Chronicle Herald
Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqey leadership continue to demand adequate consultation over shale gas development.
The federal government signed an agreement with Wataynikaneyap Power at Fort William First Nation.
Premier Higgs once again expressed concern over the duty to consult Indigenous Peoples in New Brunswick. On this topic, check out my earlier article Is the Duty to Consult Clear as Mud?
The federal government signed a fisheries agreement with the Coastal First Nations alliance.
- Feds and B.C. First Nations agree to better access to commercial fishing - Coast Mountain News
- Deal gives seven B.C. First Nations more fishing rights, role in governance | The Star
Charges have yet to be laid in the Mount Polley mining disaster.
Muskrat Falls made a return to the headlines.
- Halt Muskrat Falls flooding until methylmercury issue addressed: Inuit leader - National Observer
- Inuit ask premier to halt imminent flooding of Muskrat Falls - APTN News
- Nalcor's $10M deal with NunatuKavut hammered out in a page and a half | CBC News
The mayor of Oka refused to apologize for his racist remarks in Kanesatake territory.
- Grand chief of Kanesatake Mohawks says he's at an impasse with Oka mayor over proposed land deal | CBC News
- ‘He’s trying to make a buck off our backs’: Kanesatake grand chief suspends talks with Oka mayor in land dispute - APTN News
- The media are picking scabs with coverage of latest Oka Crisis: Opinion | CBC News
Supreme Court nominee Nicholas Kasirer was questioned about Indigenous legal orders.
- Top court nominee Justice Nicholas Kasirer says he has what it takes to join the SCC | CBC News
- Supreme Court of Canada nominee Kasirer says policy-making is for legislators, not judges - The Lawyer's Daily
The federal government has yet to reach a mercury care home agreement with Grassy Narrows First Nation.
- Ottawa’s funding offer for mercury care home in Grassy Narrows far less than needed, chief says | The Star
- Grassy Narrows, Ottawa still can't agree on mercury medical home design, cost, funding, chief says | CBC News
Attawapiskat First Nation's water crisis continues.
- Chief doubts feds can fix Attawapiskat's water woes - APTN News
- Indigenous Services Minister vows to replace Attawapiskat's water treatment plant | CBC News
- 'It's kind of sad': Attawapiskat children left with no water play amid Ontario First Nation's crisis | CBC News
A memorandum of understanding for Métis survivors of Île-à-la-Crosse Boarding School was signed at Batoche.
- Canada says it will address wrongs against Metis students who were forced into Saskatchewan residential school - APTN News
Cannabis remains a hot topic.
John A. Macdonald and Samuel de Champlain were in the news again.
- Conversation on future of Sir John A. Macdonald statue slated for May 2020
- Controversial Champlain monument to be reinstalled in Orillia, with alterations | CBC News
In Hawaiʻi, Kanaka Maoli resistance continues on Mauna Kea.
- What you need to know about the fight against Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaiʻi - National Observer
- UBCIC Open Letter - The Sacred Ground of Mauna Kea and the Rights of the Kanaka Maoli Must be Honoured
- Indigenous students ask Canadian universities to divest from the Thirty Meter Telescope | CBC News
- Indigenous Hawaiian protester calls on Canada to stop funding giant telescope | CBC Radio
- Thirty Meter Telescope dispute puts focus on Canada’s role - The Globe and Mail
- “If Not Now, When Will We Stand?” Native Hawaiians Fight Construction of Telescope on Mauna Kea
Off the Press
This is a good piece on the defence of sacred sites.
This is an excellent interview on revitalizing Indigenous legal orders with Dr. Val Napoleon.
This is an informative piece on the exercise of Wet’suwet’en law at Unist’ot’en Village.
Here’s a good article on the absence of Indigenous Supreme Court Justices.
Here’s a biographical feature on Tl’esqox Chief Francis Laceese.
Here’s a BC fracking update.
Lastly, this new book promises an insightful read on genocide, Residential Schools, and reconciliation.
On the Air
Here’s a good interview with Pam Palmater about her online reconciliation book club.
Here’s an interesting piece on radio and language revitalization.
Quote of the Week
“Why is it governments can authorize developments in areas that are sacred to Indigenous peoples? That they can think only of money and jobs and their reputation as pro-development? Why can’t they understand the importance of a site to Indigenous people? Why can they use their claimed superiority and paternalism to impose decisions that will alter the future and way of life of Indigenous peoples forever?”
Judith Sayers, President, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Off the Record
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time.
But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
Aboriginal Activists Group, Queensland, 1970s
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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.