March 21-27, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes injunctions, Treaty rights, consultation, hunting, gaming, policing and more.



The denial of Indigenous rights was on display in BC 



Caribou conservation was back in Alberta news 



In Saskatchewan, Treaty rights and land sales are before the court 



Injunctions and consultation returned to Ontario headlines 



Hunting rights were front and centre on the east coast



First Nations policing legislation is in the works



Prisons and systemic racism were in the spotlight at the Supreme Court. To learn more about this topic, check out our past guest post by the Honourable Harry S. LaForme




I’m really looking forward to joining Johnny Mack and Stepan Wood on April 4th at 12:30pm pacific for a book talk on Standoff. Book sale proceeds will go to the Indigenous Law Students' Association bursary fund.




"How can we practise our inherent rights if we have no land to do it?"

- Chief Brady O'Watch, Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation



"The shadows have their seasons, too."

- John Updike, "Penumbrae" in Collected Poems 1953-1993 (1993)

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, 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.