Feb 15-21, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, Charter rights, injunctions, specific claims, mandatory minimums and more.



Treaty rights and land use were back in the spotlight in Alberta



Consultation topped headlines in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights on and off the water



In the Yukon, the intersection of Indigenous and Charter rights is before the courts



Land defence, mining and injunctions are ongoing in Nunavut



Drinking water, health care and child welfare were hot topics across the country



Legislative changes to mandatory minimums are in the works




The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on Williams Lake Indian Band’s specific claim




"If we don't have the right to say yes or no to development, those areas can be destroyed. And our relationship also will be destroyed.”

- Judith Sayers, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council President



"What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation."

- Don DeLillo, White Noise (1985)


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First Peoples Law is a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We work closely with First Nations to defend their Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights, uphold their Indigenous laws and governance and ensure economic prosperity for their members.
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.