NOFRAC First Peoples Law and fundraiser in support of Elsi vs. Energy East Pipeline

17 08 2015

This is an exciting development. Below are, first, links to two recent CBC interviews with lawyer, Bruce McIvor, who will be representing Elsipogtog on the issue of the Energy East Pipeline and related land title issues that are pertinent to shale gas, etc. Both interviews are worth listening to. Next are attached links to McIvor’s organization, First Peoples Law, followed by a link to one of their relevant publications. Finally, at end is an invitation to a fund-raising event in support of this legal case. Brad

The media release sent out last week about IMW/Kopit retaining lawyer Bruce McIvor, from First Peoples Law, was picked up by all three NB CBC Information Morning shows. Two of these are on line:
Fredericton:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Maritimes/ID/2673502352/

Saint John: 
http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Maritimes/ID/2673501398/

Here is a links to lawyer Bruce McIvor’s organization, First Peoples Law:

First Peoples Law-Barristors and Solicitors

http://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/

http://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/database/files/library/First_Peoples_Law_2014%281%29.pdf

Finally,

On August 29th, the Kent County Friendship Committee is hosting an evening fundraising event. 

This will feature music, a silent art auction, literature and story telling at the Community Center in St. Charles, beginning at 7 pm — suggested donation at door: $10. 

Monies raised will go towards Kopit Lodges’s legal action to protect the environment in Sikniktuk region, by reclaiming their treaty and aboriginal rights to caretake the land, water, air and resources.

Please encourage all your family, neighbours and friends to attend, or at least to buy tickets to support the cause, even if they are not able to get to the actual event.

Tickets are available from Mike McKinley, Roger Richard, Rosa Gallant, Debbie Hopper, Denise Melanson, Serena Francis, Jan Manger, and Johanne Amyotte.

For more details and to see some of the items up for auction, go to:
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/IMW-Legal-Action-Fundraiser/1584024201848166>

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17 08 2015
Charles Aulds

Yesterday, on CBC Radio One’s Information Morning (Fredericton, Moncton and St. John editions), lawyer Bruce McIvor spoke of two types of native land rights, treaty rights and aboriginal rights. [http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NB/Audio/ID/2673502352/] Treaty rights are those that stem from the treaties signed between the Crown and native people; aboriginal rights are those that are inherent to the original or first peoples of any nation.

It’s law, right? That means it’s voluminous and it’s complicated, but can be boiled down to this: Article 35 of the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 gives the natives of New Brunswick very strong treaty rights to Crown lands in this province, which courts have determined were never ceded by treaty and are being held “in trust” for the natives by the Crown. In other words, the Crown is responsible for seeing that the natives’ wishes are considered before that land is exploited for any purpose.

The aboriginal rights that attach to this fight are codified into international law under the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (to which Canada is a signatory nation), which guarantees self-determination to indigenous peoples.

And there’s a third right that the First Nations enjoy here in the Maritimes; homestead rights; recognized by English tradition, and (ironically) the very same legal grounds by which most of Canada was taken from its indigenous peoples. Here in the eastern Canada, unlike in the west, where the indigenous peoples were nomadic and were held not to “occupy” the land which sustained them, the Mi’kmaq have occupied these lands for uncounted generations; they’ve buried their ancestors here. In their view, the Mi’kmag of Acadia have always lived here, on land given them by the Creator; their role as protectors of the land is a sacred duty. Their fight is a matter of honor.

This struggle is gonna be fun to watch … Canada’s aboriginal population could very well be recognized as essential to Canada’s resource future.

17 08 2015
roughgarden

Charles, your comment is so good, with your permission I’m going to repost your comment as a blog post.

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