October 25 - October 31, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes consultation, climate change, child welfare and more. 



National news included child welfare and Truth and Reconciliation  



The Ring of Fire, consultation, treaty rights, and intertribal trading filled headlines in Ontario and Saskatchewan  



BC headlines were topped by UNDRIP, new legislation, the Olympics and resource development 



Fracking and consultation were front and centre in New Brunswick 



A landmark child and family services agreement topped Quebec headlines 



Alberta news featured climate change and traditional knowledge




Check out Kate Gunn's recent post on Quebec's challenge of Bill C-92 at the Supreme Court and what it means for Indigenous Peoples' ability to make decisions based on their inherent laws, available here



[We want to] show the rest of Canada we are actually going to get into this because it's important for us First Nations to belong in the modern-day context of what we consider the economy.

- Chief Alvin Francis, Nekaneet First Nation



... if you should ever doubt that a series of dry words in a government document can shatter spirits and demolish lives, let this book erase that doubt. Conversely, if you should be of the conviction that we are powerless to change those dry words, let this book give you heart.

- Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman (2020) 



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.
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.