Sept 14-20, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes fishing rights, hunting rights, Charter rights, the duty to consult, UNDRIP and more.



Treaty rights remain front and centre in Mi’kmaq territory



In Saskatchewan, hunting rights and the duty to consult were in the spotlight



Title and rights, COVID-19 data and the Charter were hot topics in BC



Class action hearings regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are underway at the Federal Court



Lastly, calls continue for federal UNDRIP implementation




The Federal Court halted a First Nation by-election in Treaty 6 territory




"We hoped that the government would have worked with us to define a livelihood in the past, but it hasn't happened so we're taking steps to do it ourselves."

- Chief Michael Sack, Sipekne’katik First Nation



"I have spent enough time taking down the master's house, and now I want most of my energy to go into visioning and building our new house."

- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Dancing on Our Turtle's Back (2011)

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.
In case you missed it, meet the recipient of our 2020 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
Check out our latest podcast episode: Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation, featuring First Peoples Law articled student Charlotte Rose in conversation with the first annual recipients of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
First Peoples Law is hosting a series of “Kitchen Table Chats” for Indigenous people to share information and develop strategies to defend their title and rights and uphold their laws and governance. If you’d like to register for our upcoming session on governance and the applicability of the Charter, please email us at with your contact information, position and the name of your organization/community.
Thanks to the Manitoba Eco-Network for making this webinar publicly available. It was a real honour to co-present with Chief Cook, Misipawistik Cree Nation.
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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.