Nov 23-29, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes land defence, child welfare, environmental assessment, Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, UNDRIP and more.



UNDRIP, Aboriginal title and steelhead were front and centre in BC



In Alberta, the Enoch Cree Nation reached a settlement over its longstanding “bombing range” claim 



Land defence continues in Haudenosaunee and Algonquin territories



Ontario news included land claims, child welfare, environmental assessments and drinking water



In Quebec, systemic racism and healthcare remain in the spotlight



On the east coast, Mi’kmaq continue to defend their inherent and Treaty rights



Arctic drilling and housing returned to Yukon and NWT news



COVID-19 continues to top headlines across the country




The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal weighed in on access to "Jordan’s Principle" 



The Federal Court quashed an appeal tribunal decision




“What Canada and the rest of the world must understand is that 1492 Land Back Lane does not exist only at the McKenzie Meadows site – it exists everywhere that Indigenous Nations rise against the power that oppresses, robs, and mistreats them.”

- Xicotencatl Maher Lopez, "When we fight for one treaty, we fight for them all" (2020)



“America why are your libraries full of tears?”

- Allen Ginsberg, “America” (1956)

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.
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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. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. 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.