Oct 18-24, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, human rights, Treaty rights, transboundary rights, consultation, child welfare and more.



Indigenous rights and land acknowledgments were back in east coast news



Consultation was front and centre in Ontario



Treaty rights were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan



BC headlines included UNDRIP, forestry and child welfare



Human rights and systemic racism returned to national news



IBA 2021

We enjoyed hosting a watch party at First Peoples Law for the Indigenous Bar Association conference. It was an honour to join Brooks Arcand-Paul, Risa Schwartz and Mark Underhill for a panel discussion on Indigenous transboundary rights.

Photo credit: Indigenous Bar Association



Bruce will be speaking on the Southwind decision and UNDRIP at the CLEBC's upcoming Aboriginal Law Conference on November 4th.



“Starting today, things in our territory will be done our way, the right way."

- Chief Priscilla Mueller, Saik’uz First Nation



“If we let it be in all its many forms, law can be beautiful.”

- Darcy Lindberg, “Miyo Nêhiyâwiwin (Beautiful Creeness): Ceremonial Aesthetics and Nêhiyaw Legal Pedagogy” (2018)

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.
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.
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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.