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Aboriginal Law Report

September 1, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes hunting rights, Treaty rights, Specific Claims, protected areas, a land transfer, and more.


In the News

Indigenous jurisdiction and cannabis remain hot topics across the country.

West Moberly First Nations is proceeding with its treaty infringement action over the Site C dam project.

The Ontario government ended its Ring of Fire regional framework agreement with Matawa First Nations.

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.

The “conquered peoples” argument was back in Nova Scotia news.

In BC, multiple agreements were signed in Tsilhqot’in, Tahltan, Heiltsuk, and Haida territories.

Also in BC, the federal government settled some longstanding specific claims and signed letters of understanding regarding Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

Land claims and self-government are front and centre in the Northwest Territories.

In Nunavut, hearings are underway for the Whale Tail gold mine.

The Sixties Scoop settlement compensation deadline was this week.

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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Our new book, Canadian Aboriginal Law in 2018: Essays and Case Summaries, is now available as a free download through our website.

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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