November 29 - December 6, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes hunting rights, language rights, human rights, sovereignty and more.



National headlines featured human rights, language rights and colonial surveillance 



Forced sterilization returned to the spotlight in Quebec 



Indigenous jurisdiction and consultation continue to top Ontario news 



Sovereignty was front and centre in Alberta and Saskatchewan 



BC news included UNDRIP, human rights and repatriation



In case you missed it, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s and Nisha Sikka’s new blog post on Indigenous hunting rights and the NRTA 




The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing the Bill C-92 Reference this week on December 7 and 8. You can watch the webcast here. In case you missed it, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s blog post on this important case here.



“If you want certainty, come to the table of the rights holders!” 

- Grand Chief Arthur Noskey, Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta 


"I am not tragic..."

- Lee Maracle, "Blind Justice" in The Winter We Danced (2014)

We are excited to announce Westaway Law Group joined First Peoples Law LLP on October 1, 2022. The newly expanded First Peoples Law LLP creates a national boutique firm specializing in Indigenous rights and working exclusively for First Nation clients.
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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.
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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.