Rules for Blockaders – in a nutshell

Having been blockaded (armed with a superior court order no less and accompanied by an archeologist – all in furtherance of the primary recommendation of the Ipperwash Inquiry) it was with great interest that I reviewed the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent directive to blockaders – start playing fair! This long overdue ruling involved a BC native family out to protect its traplines...

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Hot Time Summer in the City!

What with one faction of native activists proclaiming there’s no point in pursuing any more court actions; another faction saying there’s no point in meeting with the federal government, and yet another faction promising that it’s going to be one hot summer – I ask:  “What is one supposed to make out of this apparently confused and directionless situation”? One alternative that...

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Open letter to the National Chief

Canadians want to know where you stand, Mr. Atleo, given all the recent turmoil served up by hunger strikes, Idle No More protests, opposition to major resource export projects. Please inform us as to why this vortex of controversy remains totally unaddressed: Q: Why is it appropriate not to meet with the Prime Minister and not work on solutions that would benefit First Nations and the rest of...

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Legal Eagles: another media misfire

Two leading law publications have trotted out the latest poll of leading Aboriginal legal practitioners to highlight and promote how this new field of law is burgeoning and why it’s a different world today as a result. The underlying message is that change is afoot in the Canadian resources sector and the delivery of legal services in this realm has never been more relevant. The reader gets the...

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Who’s Who at The Forks?

It’s timely that the Canadian Human Rights Museum is opening soon at the corner of Portage and Main – near The Forks – directly across the river from Riel’s tomb. That’s because the human rights of the three founding communities of the Province of Manitoba (Indian, Métis, Settler) are likewise front and center today; on account of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent...

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