December 7-13, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes new court cases, child welfare, protected areas, policing and more.



National news included sovereignty, hunting rights and child welfare



Aboriginal title and UNDRIP topped BC headlines 



Indigenous jurisdiction and law enforcement were front and centre in Alberta 



Indigenous protected areas were in the spotlight in the NWT 



Systemic racism returned to Saskatchewan news 



First Nations policing was featured in Ontario headlines 




The Supreme Court heard the Bill C-92 Reference, available as a webcast here. In case you missed it, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s blog post on this important case.



Thanks to Scott Robertson for sharing this new decision regarding Indigenous jurisdiction out of Ontario. 



Here’s another new decision from the Ontario Superior Court regarding the duty to consult and continuing historical impacts 




Check out our latest podcast episode featuring 2022 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship recipient Casey Caines joining last year's winners Anita Cardinal-Stewart and Mary McPherson for a conversation on law school, working in community, decolonizing education and more. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. 



“When the ultimate authority lies in a colonial agency, it perpetuates the colonial mentality.” 

- Chief Wilfred King, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek 


Here’s a new book for your holiday reading list about law, racism and reconciliation.

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.
Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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.
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.
Check out our podcast featuring conversations on the defence of Indigenous rights.
Your weekly news update on Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.