Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
The Trans Mountain pipeline continues to dominate the headlines.
- Tsleil-Waututh Nation's Fight Continues - Leah George-Wilson - Miller Titerle + Company
- Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion is dividing Canada’s indigenous peoples - Washington Post
The aquaculture industry remains a hot topic on the west coast.
- First Nations to oversee phase out of Broughton fish farms - Business in Vancouver
- B.C. and First Nation governments mark progress in protecting salmon in Broughton area - BC Gov
Birth alerts came to an end in BC.
- BC Bans ‘Birth Alerts,’ Promises More Family Supports | The Tyee
- B.C. ends birth alerts but families question what it means for babies already in care - APTN News
- Minister’s statement on ending ‘birth alerts’ - BC Gov
- First Nations Leadership Council recognizes the cessation of “Birth Alerts” as first step of many to end the traumatizing practice of hospital removals - UBCIC
In Saskatchewan, Indigenous Peoples continue to exercise their inherent jurisdiction through cannabis legislation.
In Ontario, the water crisis continues at Neskantaga First Nation.
- In the Neskantaga First Nation, undrinkable water is a crisis of health and faith - Globe and Mail
- New Neskantaga water treatment plant scheduled as new contractor finishing job | CBC News
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.
- Next federal government will face unresolved class action lawsuits from residential school era | CBC News
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.
- Squamish Nation v. British Columbia (Environment), 2019 BCCA 321
- Squamish Nation Celebrates BC Court of Appeal Decision | Squamish Nation
- B.C. won’t use court ruling as tactic in pipeline battle: environment minister - National Post
- Squamish Nation calls upon Premier to rethink approach in wake of court ruling - The Straight
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld a duty to consult ruling.
- Nova Scotia (Aboriginal Affairs) v. Pictou Landing First Nation, 2019 NSCA 75
- Appeal Court sides with Pictou Landing First Nation in Boat Harbour dispute | CBC News
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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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.