November 1 - 7, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes treaty rights, self-governance, fisheries, access to health care and more. 



Manitoba headlines included systemic racism and access to health care 



Inherent rights and Indigenous governance returned to Saskatchewan headlines 



Ontario headlines featured treaty rights and a life-long fight for systemic change 



Old-growth logging was front and centre in BC 



Self-governance and a groundbreaking prosecutor’s office were in the spotlight in Alberta 



Fisheries were back in the news on the east coast 



NWT news included Indigenous rights and conservation 



Quebec news featured a court-ordered halt to excavation work  



Child welfare was back in the national spotlight




The BC Supreme Court weighed in on a First Nation’s fiduciary obligations 



First Nations hold inherent rights to the land and natural resources of Canada, they are not stakeholder groups.

Office of the Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan 


The trees act not as individuals, but somehow as a collective. Exactly how they do this, we don’t yet know. But what we see is the power of unity. What happens to one happens to us all. We can starve together or feast together.

- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass (2013) 



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First Peoples Law LLP 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 partner at First Peoples Law LLP. 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. 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. Bruce's ancestors took Métis scrip at Red River in Manitoba. He holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, is a Fulbright Scholar and author of Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.