September 19 - September 26, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd 

This week’s edition includes policing, moose hunting, consultation, governance and more. 

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We have provided a list of resources for anyone who wants to learn more about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country.  



Wolastoqey Nation’s title claim was front and centre in New Brunswick 



Moose hunting and forestry was in the spotlight in Manitoba 



Policing once again dominated national headlines



B.C headlines featured protected sites and the 30th anniversary of the BC Treaty Commission



Northern headlines included elections and the administration of justice 



Governance, duty to consult and economic development topped headlines in Ontario 




Courts weighed in in on Indigenous jurisdiction.



Check out my colleague Kate Gunn’s post for the University of Calgary Faculty of Law’s ABlawg on the upcoming Bill C-92 reference at the Supreme Court, now available here


Kate also published a piece on treaties for the fall edition of Rooted: Resurgence, you can read it here



I'll be releasing my next instalment of Indigenous Rights in One Minute next month. Sign up here to get it straight to your inbox. 



“We had our ways of keeping justice in our communities that allowed us to survive here for thousands of years."

-  Suzy Watt



"Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope." 

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) 

First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
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.
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.
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.