R is for Reconciliation, R is for Ruling – The Martlet

by ahnationtalk on November 5, 201842 Views

Supreme Court ruling on consultation with Indigenous peoples does not dramatically change current state of affairs

On Oct. 11, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government is not obligated to consult with First Nations when drafting legislation that may affect their treaty rights.

According to the Mikisew Cree, who first took the federal government to court in 2013, the Harper government infringed on their treaty and land rights when the Navigation Protection Act (previously known as the Navigable Waters Protection Act) was amended in 2012.

For example, the Muskeg and Clearwater Rivers, waterways that are important culturally and for infrastructure purposes to the Mikisew Cree, were removed from a list of protected waterways. The Mikisew Cree felt they should have been consulted before those amendments were made.

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