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Aboriginal Law Report

July 28, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes fracking, sacred sites, Indigenous law, the duty to consult, racism, astronomy, and more.


In the News

Pipelines continue to top the headlines.

The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly took place in Fredericton.

The Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation took legal action against Coastal GasLink.

Hydro One took legal action against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council.

Snow crabs are back in the headlines.

Opposition to the Sisson Mine continues in Wolastoqey territory.

The Frontier mine near Wood Buffalo National Park was deemed in the public interest.

The Heiltsuk Nation signed a historic agreement with the federal government.

The Athabasca Denesuline’s land claim negotiations are still suspended.

The “conquered peoples” argument remains front and centre in Nova Scotia.

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.

Charges have yet to be laid in the Mount Polley mining disaster.

Muskrat Falls made a return to the headlines.

The mayor of Oka refused to apologize for his racist remarks in Kanesatake territory.

Supreme Court nominee Nicholas Kasirer was questioned about Indigenous legal orders.

The federal government has yet to reach a mercury care home agreement with Grassy Narrows First Nation.

Attawapiskat First Nation's water crisis continues.

A memorandum of understanding for Métis survivors of Île-à-la-Crosse Boarding School was signed at Batoche.

Cannabis remains a hot topic.

John A. Macdonald and Samuel de Champlain were in the news again.

In Hawaiʻi, Kanaka Maoli resistance continues 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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Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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This week's Aboriginal Law Report was produced with the assistance of Cody O'Neil.


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