Dec 7-13, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes fish farms, hunting rights, human rights, Specific Claims, First Nations policing, Indigenous courts and more.



Fish farms, Indigenous courts and child welfare topped BC headlines



Treaty rights and Specific Claims were hot topics in Saskatchewan



Ontario news included hunting rights, drinking water and environmental assessment



Land defence continues at Kanesatake 



Treaty rights remain front and centre in Mi’kma’ki



First Nations policing legislation is in the works



The Assembly of First Nations held its annual general assembly




It was an honour to represent the Grand Council of Treaty 3 on their intervention at the Supreme Court in the Southwind appeal. First Peoples Law's Kate Gunn provided submissions. Check out her overview of the case here.




"Without respect for the Treaty and support for our basic human rights and needs on-reserve, you have no right to request development on our lands."

- Chief Chris Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation



“If I’m not for myself, who will be for me? If not this way, how? If not now, when?”

- Primo Levi, If Not Now, When? (1982)

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.
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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.
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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.