Top 5 Posts of 2015

By Bruce McIvor

Time to look back on our most read posts of 2015. Here are the top 5.

1. The Case for Denying Indigenous Rights

  • Although it was posted less than a month ago, our skewering of arguments for denying Indigenous rights quickly shot to the top of the charts.

2. What Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows Mean for Treaty First Nations

  • Our first post of 2015 on how the two biggest decisions from the Supreme Court in 2014 affect Treaty First Nations was popular across the country.

3. Environmental Assessments and the Duty to Consult

  • Our case comment on Fort Nelson First Nation v. British Columbia struck a note with readers as an example of a positive court decision.

4. The Piecemeal Infringement of Treaty Rights

  • In contrast, our case comment on Yahey v. British Columbia was an example of how the duty to consult disappoints Indigenous people.

5. Breathing Life Back into the Duty to Consult

  • Our case comment on Chartrand v. British Columbia was another example of how the duty to consult has the potential to deliver positive results for Indigenous Peoples.

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. A member of the bar in British Columbia and Ontario, Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.

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