April 10 - 16, 2024

This week’s edition includes court decisions, calls for reform, access to healthcare, housing and more. 



National news included calls for legal and financial reforms 


NDP, Green Party call for new law to fix problems with Indigenous class action lawsuit settlements | CBC News 

Alternative financing solutions needed to close infrastructure gap, say First Nations leaders and advocates | CBC News 


Community safety and access to healthcare made Yukon headlines 


Unhoused Indigenous women in Yellowknife ‘over-policed': report | APTN News 

Dr. Rebekah Neckoway says more services needed in northern communities | APTN News 

Emotional day for families at the Whitehorse shelter inquest | APTN News 


Searches for unmarked graves, Haida title, calls for justice reform and heritage protection topped BC headlines 


B.C. First Nation says 40 unmarked graves found around former residential school | CTV News 

ANALYSIS | What comes next in the search for missing residential school children? | CBC News 

B.C. signs landmark agreement recognizing Haida Nation title over Haida Gwaii | CBC News 

Indigenous Women's Justice Plan calls for major reform by province and feds | CTV News 

Outrage as prosecution stays manslaughter charges against RCMP in death of First Nations man | Windspeaker 

Could UNESCO cultural list help safeguard Indigenous heritage in Canada? - National | Globalnews


Emergency management, housing, environmental protection, and Child and Family Services were front and centre in the Prairies 


Feds fund wildfire emergency co-ordinators for 48 Alberta First Nations | Globalnews 

MP rebukes top housing official for chronic underfunding of Prairie First Nations | CBC News 

Province pushed for more funds for CFS system in ‘crisis’ | Winnipeg Free Press 

Flood prevention project gets panned by First Nations in Manitoba | APTN News 



The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on the Blood Tribe appeal, weighing in on treaty obligations and limitation periods. First Peoples Law’s Kate Gunn was interviewed by CBC and Law 360 about the decision.  


Shot Both Sides v. Canada, 2024 SCC 12 | Supreme Court of Canada 

Shot Both Sides v. Canada | Case in Brief | Supreme Court of Canada 

In Brief: Jim Shot Both Sides, et al. v. His Majesty the King | First Peoples Law LLP | Kate Gunn and Tyler Swan

Section 35 of Constitution did not create cause of action for breach of treaty rights, SCC says | Law360 Canada 

Canada broke its treaty promise, but Blood Tribe is barred from suing, Supreme Court rules | CBC News 


The Yukon Court of Appeal weighed in on consultation 


First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun v. Yukon (Government of), 2024 YKCA 5 

Yukon court dismisses appeal of decision to quash exploration project in Beaver River watershed | CBC News 

First Nation in Yukon says case affirms territory acted ‘unlawfully' | APTN News 



This does not mean that the government is granting us anything. We have always held our inherent rights and title to our lands...We were born knowing this is ours.

- Tamara Davidson, representative for the Council of the Haida Nation 




Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it.

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (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.