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Aboriginal Law Report

September 22, 2019

By Bruce McIvor

This week's edition includes court rulings, Treaty rights, land claims, class actions, aquaculture, and more.


In the News

The Trans Mountain pipeline continues to dominate the headlines.

The aquaculture industry remains a hot topic on the west coast.

Birth alerts came to an end in BC.

In Saskatchewan, Indigenous Peoples continue to exercise their inherent jurisdiction through cannabis legislation. 

In Ontario, the water crisis continues at Neskantaga First Nation.

In Quebec, the Cree Nation Government passed its own language legislation.

20 years after the Marshall decision, fishing rights are still front and centre on the east coast. 

In the Northwest Territories, land claims topped the agenda at the all-candidates forum.

Two class actions are underway over boarding homes and day schools for Indigenous children.

The Sixties Scoop Survivor Foundation began its settlement consultation sessions.

From the Courts

The latest ruling regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline project came down from the BC Court of Appeal.  

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld a duty to consult ruling.

Off the Press

My colleague Kate Gunn and I shared our thoughts on the new rights policy for BC treaty negotiations in the following post.

Here’s an interesting feature on frac sand mining and Indigenous law in Manitoba.

Lastly, here’s an informative piece on the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.

Quote of the Week

“Our fight against the pipeline is based on our Aboriginal Rights and Title as supported by our Indigenous Law. It is according to our law that we protect the environment and our territory.”

Chief Leah George-Wilson, Tsleil Waututh Nation

Off the Bookshelf

“…humility is short-lived, and must be born again in anguish.”

Patrick White, Voss (1957)

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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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