Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Indigenous jurisdiction and cannabis remain hot topics across the country.
- Ottawa in talks with First Nations leaders over cannabis rules | CBC News
- Ontario First Nations still divided over provincial opt-in for cannabis | CBC News
West Moberly First Nations is proceeding with its treaty infringement action over the Site C dam project.
- Talks End, Horgan Government Set to Defend Christy Clark in Site C “Megatrial” — Sage Legal
- First Nations renew legal fight against Site C after talks end with B.C. government | CBC News
- ‘We’re going to court’: B.C. First Nation to proceed with Site C dam ‘megatrial’ | The Narwhal
The Ontario government ended its Ring of Fire regional framework agreement with Matawa First Nations.
- Ontario ends Ring of Fire deal with First Nations in order to pursue individual deals - Globe and Mail
- Globe editorial: Why it’s time to cool the hype about the Ring of Fire
- Ontario government ends Ring of Fire regional agreement with Matawa First Nations | CBC News
The Manitoba-Minnesota transmission project got approval for an accelerated construction schedule.
Also in Manitoba, Kapyong Barracks was transferred to Treaty 1 First Nations after years of legal battles.
Moose made a return to the news in Quebec.
- Quebec says moose preservation plan is on the agenda after urgent appeal by Algonquin Nation - APTN News
The “conquered peoples” argument was back in Nova Scotia news.
- Supreme Court of Canada could hear 'conquered people' case: Mi’kmaq law professor | The Chronicle Herald
In BC, multiple agreements were signed in Tsilhqot’in, Tahltan, Heiltsuk, and Haida territories.
- TNG, Federal, Provincial governments sign historic agreement - Williams Lake Tribune
- Tahltan, province sign ‘milestone’ land-use plan for Sacred Headwaters - Haida Gwaii Observer
- Tripartite Agreement Creates Path to Negotiate the Implementation of Heiltsuk Nation Title and Rights - Newswire
- Council of Haida Nation and Government of Canada Announce Management Plan to Protect Seamounts – Council of the Haida Nation
Also in BC, the federal government settled some longstanding specific claims and signed letters of understanding regarding Aboriginal and Treaty rights.
- Canada and Seven Fraser Valley First Nations Settle Historic Claim - Newswire
- Tiyt Tribe First Nations and Canada strengthen nation-to-nation relationship - Newswire
- Canada and Snuneymuxw First Nation advance reconciliation - Newswire
Land claims and self-government are front and centre in the Northwest Territories.
- New MLAs need new vision to advance self-gov't in N.W.T., leaders say | CBC News
- Delays in signing protected areas agreement could cost K'asho Got'ine government $1M | CBC News
In Nunavut, hearings are underway for the Whale Tail gold mine.
The Sixties Scoop settlement compensation deadline was this week.
- The deadline to file for the Sixties Scoop settlement is an outrage | The Star
- Sixties Scoop settlement deadline will leave many out, says advocate - APTN News
Aboriginal Business Match
We had a great series of meetings at the Aboriginal Business Match: East this week in Toronto. We're looking forward to the next event in the Lower Mainland in November.
Off the Press
Check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s case comment on the latest Indigenous hunting rights decision out of Saskatchewan.
This is a good overview of the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement and Treaty rights.
Lastly, here’s an update on the Columbia River Treaty renegotiations.
Quote of the Week
“As Tŝilhqot’in, we cannot and will not rest until our rights, our title and our jurisdiction are recognized throughout our homeland.”
Chief Francis Laceese, Tl’esqox First Nation
Off the Bookshelf
“Sympathy is the solace of the Poor; but for the Rich there is compensation.”
Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil (1845)
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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.