Aboriginal Law Report
By Bruce McIvor
In the News
Trans Mountain pipeline litigation continues to top the headlines.
- B.C. First Nation reverses decision, signs up for piece of Trans Mountain expansion project - APTN News
- Two B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain - Globe and Mail
Jurisdiction over utilities is a hot topic in BC.
- BCUC decision opens door to First Nations energy projects, but stifles economic opportunities - Vancouver Sun
- B.C. regulator says Indigenous communities should have right to set up own utility companies - Globe and Mail
Also in BC, Namgis First Nation is challenging another DFO decision.
The Unist’ot’en occupation continues in Wet’suwet’en territory.
- RCMP Arrest and Release Unist'ot'en Guest Without Charge - Unist'ot'en Camp
- ‘We couldn’t even hunt this year’: Problems at Unist’ot’en village surface after arrest - APTN News
- Molly Wickham on Gitdimt'en Yintah Access - Warrior Life Podcast
Trespass laws made a return to Saskatchewan headlines. For more on this topic, check out our previous post “Trespassing on Treaty Rights.”
Also in Saskatchewan, Indigenous jurisdiction and cannabis remain hot topics.
An Indigenous alliance is bringing hydro impacts to the fore in Manitoba.
- Indigenous leaders, activists take protest to Manitoba Hydro’s doorstep - Winnipeg Sun
- The group rallying in Winnipeg to bring attention to hydro-impacted First Nations - CTV Winnipeg
In New Brunswick, the Wolastoq Grand Council is appealing the NBQB's recent decision regarding the Mount Carleton snowmobile hub project.
Wastewater cleanup is front and centre in Nova Scotia.
- Hope, fear characterize final countdown to Boat Harbour closure for Pictou Landing First Nation | The Star
Day school survivors excluded from previous settlements are launching a class action.
From the Courts
The PEI Court of Appeal dismissed a duty to consult challenge to the Mill River land sale.
First Peoples Law Comment
My colleagues Kate Gunn and Jesse Donovan shared their thoughts on BC’s new UNDRIP Bill.
Off the Press
This new book promises an insightful read on Indigenous self-determination and Canadian law.
Check out this documentary series on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s fight for Freedom Road.
Quote of the Week
“You really have this weaponized legal mechanism that preys on the economic inequality across society, where Indigenous people don’t have the resources to go to court all the time and assert their jurisdiction and rights against companies and governments with very deep pockets.”
Shiri Pasternak, Research Director, Yellowhead Institute
Off the Bookshelf
“Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.”
Joy Harjo, Remember (1983)
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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.