November 29 - December 5, 2023

This week’s edition includes human rights, housing, carbon pricing, fishing rights, and more.



Human rights and specific claims were in the spotlight in BC


FNLC Calls on BC to Defer Amendments to Bill 45; Urges a Human Rights Approach to Encampment Legislation | UBCIC

Leq'á:mel First Nation and Government of Canada reach agreement to right historic wrong | Yahoo


Alberta news included child welfare and energy regulation 


Treaty 8 chiefs sue Canada, Alberta over special benefits payments | APTN News

Opposition NDP, First Nation chief want public review of Alberta Energy Regulator | Global News


Ontario headlines featured carbon pricing, Treaty rights and fiduciary duties


Ontario First Nations leaders say federal government's carbon tax is discriminatory | CBC News

100 years of the Williams Treaties in Ontario | The Narwhal

SON asking Supreme Court to weigh in on Bruce Peninsula claim | Owen Sound Sun Times


Housing, human rights, and caribou topped headlines in the North


Poor Inuit housing 'result of colonialism': federal housing advocate | APTN News

Inuit organizations ask the feds to establish Indigenous human rights tribunal, ombudsman | APTN News

Nunavut land use plan needed to help save caribou herd: Okalik | APTN News


Fishing rights were back in east coast news


Mi'kmaq fishing case moving ahead this week in court | APTN News


Bill C-53 and MMIWG2S+ were front and centre in national news 


Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Calls on the Government of Canada to Immediately Withdraw Bill C-53 | Assembly of First Nations

Ottawa didn't verify disputed Métis communities covered by federal bill: official | Victoria Times Colonist

Liberal minister to testify after heated testimony from Metis, First Nations groups | The Star Phoenix

Canada begins consultations on alert system for missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people | Global News


In case you missed it, check out Kate Gunn’s recent blog post on the Saugeen decision


Indigenous Rights and Marine Spaces: Case Comment on Saugeen Decision | Kate Gunn | First Peoples Law LLP 



The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on Councillors' fiduciary duties. 


Webb v. Genaille, 2023 BCCA 443



Housing is a human right and central to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Hugh Braker, First Nations Summit Political Executive  



Voices strained and warry

From wailing

But together

We emerge

We emerge in beauty

-  Jeremy Dutcher, Motewolonuwok (2023)

First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the 2023 winner, finalist and honourable mentions of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. This year's $10,000 and $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Raven Richards and Sophia Sidarous, respectively. Congratulations to the honourable mentions Jaxxen Wiley, Mahève Rondeau and Tyler Ermineskin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. We're looking forward to carrying it on next year.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
First Peoples Law is the author of Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary. 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.
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.
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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.