July 12-18, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, mining, logging, land back, policing, a new Supreme Court case and more.



Land back, logging and colonial policing were in the spotlight in BC



Also in BC, Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations' 189-day trial came to a close



Treaty rights and racism were front and centre in Saskatchewan and Manitoba



Wildfire response and land claims topped Ontario headlines



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights on the east coast



Mine remediation and food security returned to NWT and Nunavut news




The Supreme Court issued its long-awaited Southwind judgment about equitable compensation for the unlawful taking of reserve lands. It was an honour to represent the Grand Council of Treaty 3 on their intervention in this important case for First Nations across the country. Check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s backgrounder here.



Kate was interviewed by the Lawyer’s Daily about the Southwind and Yahey decisions




“Despite having endured legislated genocide, our Elders set their hearts on the swiwinumta (handsome, beautiful ones — youth), who provide hope for a better future."

- yaxma (Marlene Squakin)



“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

- Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

First Peoples Law is seeking a Director of Operations to join our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law offers an annual $5,000 scholarship to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated commitment to serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples. Deadline: July 31, 2021.
In light of recent news, we are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
First Peoples Law is the author of Annotated Aboriginal Law, previously authored by legendary law professor Shin Imai for over two decades. The book includes hundreds of annotations of significant court decisions and federal legislation regarding Indigenous rights in Canada. We hope it continues to be a useful resource for Indigenous Peoples defending and advancing their rights across the country.
Faced with a constant stream of news reports of standoffs and confrontations, Canada’s “reconciliation project” has obviously gone off the rails. In this series of concise and thoughtful essays, lawyer and historian Bruce McIvor explains why reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is failing and what needs to be done to fix it.
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Check out our free e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.