Jan 31 - Feb 6, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes Treaty rights, gaming laws, consultation, consent, child welfare, land-based learning, new appeals and more.



Mining, consent and Aboriginal rights were back in BC news 



A First Nations school board is being established in the Yukon



Alberta headlines included consultation, carbon capture and child welfare



Bison made a return to Treaty 4 in Saskatchewan 



Treaty rights and land sales were front and centre in Manitoba 



In Ontario, systemic racism and gaming laws were in the spotlight



Thank you to my friend Cheryl Maloney for the invitation and my incredible fellow panelists at Sipekne’katik First Nation’s symposium yesterday




The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found discrimination in police funding




"We have to stop denying it, there is systemic racism towards First Nations and governments must act to stop it."

- Chief Gilbert Dominique, Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation



“But come here, fear / I am alive and you are so afraid / of dying.”

- Joy Harjo, “I Give You Back” in She Had Some Horses (1983)

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.
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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.