Sept 28 - Oct 4, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, harvesting laws, environmental assessment, colonial surveillance, land defence, Orange Shirt Day and more.



Over 150 legal professionals and academics have signed an open letter urging immediate action to uphold the Treaty rights and protect the safety of our client Sipekne’katik First Nation



Also on the east coast, carbon tax and the duty to consult are at the centre of a new lawsuit in New Brunswick



Racism and medical colonialism were in the national spotlight following the death of Joyce Echaquan



The policing of Indigenous land defenders continues at 1492 Land Back Lane



First Nations’ forest management and Treaty rights were hot topics in northern Ontario



In Manitoba, Métis harvesting laws were front and centre



Beaver Lake Cree Nation is appealing an advance cost decision to the Supreme Court



Child welfare, fish farms and colonial surveillance topped the headlines in BC



Also in BC, the Office of the Wet'suwet'en was in court over Coastal GasLink's environmental assessment certificate



It was Orange Shirt Day on September 30th




The Federal Court weighed in on a jurisdictional dispute over First Nations' childcare services 




“Our rights cannot be swept under the rug by Crown governments passing legislation designed to clear the way for mining and development on our lands without our consent."

- Chief Sheldon Oskineegish, Nibinamik First Nation



“It’s hard being a person, but it’s not so hard if they think you are a person.”

- Philip Pullman, I Was a Rat! (1999)

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.
It was an honour to speak about reconciliation, systemic racism and decolonization at the Vancouver Unitarians’ latest “Action Evening.”
On October 21, I'll be presenting a webinar on "Environmental Justice, Racism and Northern Ontario" with Councillor Mary Laronde, Teme-Augama Anishinabai.
Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
In case you missed it, meet the recipient of our 2020 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
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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.