Jan 18-24, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes hunting rights, fishing rights, court cases, coal mining, consultation, salmon stocks, governance and more.



Governance and mining were front and centre in the Yukon



Salmon stocks and fish farms were back in BC news



Coal mining and consultation topped Alberta headlines



Hunting and fishing rights were before the courts in Ontario



COVID-19, child welfare and racism remain in the national spotlight



Treaty rights and pipelines were hot topics on both sides of the 49th




The Specific Claims Tribunal awarded compensation for an invalid reserve surrender



The Supreme Court ruled on two important leave applications regarding advance costs and the boundary of Treaty 8



Speaking of courts, check out our latest post "Indigenous Law and Canadian Courts" by Kate Gunn and Cody O'Neil



First Peoples Law is excited to welcome Nico McKay to our team of lawyers dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous rights. Meet Nico on our website here.



“We’re looking for a system of government where we can control what happens in our traditional territory. What do you think that the federal government or the territorial government can do better than us in our traditional territory? Nothing — they just sit back and get the resources and royalties from our resources.”

- Chief Stephen Charlie, Liard First Nation



“You may write me down in history 
With your bitter, twisted lies, 
You may trod me in the very dirt 
But still, like dust, I'll rise.”

- Maya Angelou, Still I Rise (1978)

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.
Check out our 2020 Indigenous Rights Year in Review covering Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, Supreme Court cases and more.
Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our readings lists, including a new multimedia list!
Check out our latest e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
My colleague Kate Gunn and I recently had the honour of representing the Indigenous Bar Association on their intervention in the Desautel appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Check out my blog post on our submissions, including a video recording.
Your weekly news update from First Peoples Law.
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.