March 15-21, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Aboriginal title, Indigenous law, injunctions, UNDRIP, Treaty rights, human rights, Maori land rights and more.



Check out our latest blog post on Aboriginal title and “private property” by our colleagues Kate Gunn and Nico McKay



BC Supreme Court will hear Nuchatlaht’s Aboriginal title action



BC news also included Indigenous law, rights and self-government



In the Yukon, consultation and land use planning are before the courts



Treaty and human rights topped headlines in Saskatchewan



The Law Society of Manitoba was in the spotlight



Land restitution was front and centre in southern Ontario



UNDRIP, birth alerts and systemic racism remain hot topics in Quebec



Land defence, mining and housing returned to Nunavut news




The Federal Court denied an injunction in Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw territory. To learn more about injunction law, check out our colleague Kate Gunn's primer "Injunctions as a Tool of Colonialism."




"We will continue to exercise our Aboriginal rights and title and protect our people and our lands, whether that be from a devastating wildfire, a global pandemic or a racist system.”

- Nits’ilʔin Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chairman



My feet are fashioned from the earth
Crafted of mud and storm and dirt
I wear my stories on my skin
I swear it's where we must begin

- Ria Hall, Manawa Wera (2020)


I was incredibly honoured to present expert evidence this week at New Zealand's Waitangi Tribunal on Maori land rights and the Canadian law on Aboriginal title. What was scheduled as 1.5 hours turned into nearly 4 hours of testimony, including 2 hours of cross-examination.
Our colleague Kate Gunn joined this panel hosted by the University of Calgary's Environmental Law Society this week to discuss the law of consultation.
First Peoples Law is the new editor of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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!
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our readings lists, including our new multimedia list!
Check out our free e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
Your latest news and analysis of Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.
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. 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.