February 1-7, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes court cases, consent, Treaty rights, governance, repatriation and more.



Governance was front and centre in NWT news 



Ontario news included Treaty rights and consent 



Treaty rights also topped headlines in Manitoba and Saskatchewan 



Legal education and child welfare were in the spotlight in Alberta 



BC headlines included jurisdiction and repatriation 




The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing the Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation appeal this morning. Tune in live here and check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s backgrounder to learn more.



The Yukon Supreme Court weighed in on the duty to consult 



The Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in a case involving Treaty rights and limitations law 




Our colleague Kate Gunn was interviewed by IndigiNews on the Bill C-92 case. Check out Kate’s backgrounder on the case here to learn more. 




The history of treatment of Indigenous people in Canada by the legal system, including the profession, warrants a requirement for those who practice law in Canada to be educated on this history.

- Koren Lightning-Earle, Legal Director, Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge 



I tire so of hearing people say, / Let things take their course. / Tomorrow is another day.

- Langston Hughes, “Freedom [1]” from The Collected Works of Langston Hughes (2002)

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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.