January 17 - 23, 2024

This week’s edition includes Jordan’s Principle, natural resource projects, the justice system, conservation and more.



National headlines highlighted child welfare, Jordan’s Principle, carbon pricing, UNDRIP and ‘reconciliation’  


First Nations groups concerned after delay in $20B child-welfare reform talks | CBC News 

'Canada’s' backlog of Jordan’s Principle requests is at 'crisis levels': Caring Society | IndigiNews 

Indian Resource Council president hints carbon tax legal challenge is in the works | Windspeaker 

Advocates denounce Chrétien-era bid to weaken UN Indigenous rights declaration | CBC News 

2023 was not a good year for Reconciliation | Indigenous Watchdog 


The justice system was in the spotlight on the East Coast   


Too many 'tragic ends': First Nations call for public inquiry into justice system | Spare News | Penticton Herald 


In Quebec, the first Indigenous Lieutenant-Governer was top of the news 


Manon Jeannotte becomes Quebec’s first Indigenous Lieutenant-Governor | Spare News | Penticton Herald  


Ontario news featured energy projects, cannabis, and our client Wahkohtowin Development hosting an Indigenous Lands Symposium 


Ontario delays final approval on two energy storage projects | The Narwhal 

Sudbury trial raises questions about Indigenous rights to sell cannabis | CBC News 

Indigenous forestry event grows, moves to Timmins | Timmins News


Conservation, culturally important sites, and a human rights complaint were front and centre in the Prairies 


Four Manitoba First Nations sign historic conservation agreement | The Narwhal 

Human rights complaint filed over Manitoba election ad against landfill search | Victoria Times Colonist

First Nations members concerned about logging damaging historical areas | MBC Radio 

Athabasca Chief consulting with feds on First Nations Clean Water Act | Edmonton Journal 


BC news included natural resource projects, the Coastal GasLink hearing and an Aboriginal title litigation  


Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project passes latest stage of federal review, public and indigenous consultation to follow | Fernie BC News 

RCMP at Coastal GasLink pipeline blockade raid worried about weapons, booby traps | CBC News 

Indigenous leaders excited for Cedar LNG project in Kitimat | Prince George Citizen 

Gitanyow, Nisga’a fight over Nass Wildlife Area | Business in Vancouver 


In the North, the Nunavut devolution agreement and salmon made the top headlines   


Trudeau, Akeeagok to sign ‘largest land transfer in Canada’s history’ | Nunatsiaq 

Justin Trudeau signs 'historic' agreement with Nunavut | CTV News 

Yukon Energy puts focus on salmon as it seeks new 25-year licence for Whitehorse dam | CBC News 



Kate was interviewed by the Washington Post about the Restoule case


Canada could owe First Nations billions for broken treaty promise | The Washington Post*  


To learn more about the case, check out our recent blog post


Treaty Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada: Restoule Appeal | First Peoples Law LLP 



The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal dismissed the Crown’s appeal of a class action certification involving Aboriginal and Charter rights


Nova Scotia Court of Appeal Upholds Class Action Decision of January 27, 2022 | Nation Talk 

Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Joyce, 2024 NSCA 9 



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Indigenous Watchdog    



Self-determination cannot be given or taken away. It is an act of conviction that resides in the heart of every individual, and it is cultivated through the cohesion of community values, customary practices, and education.

-  Leo Baskatawang, Reclaiming Anishinaabe Law (2023) 



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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.