November 22 - 28, 2023

This week’s edition includes specific claims, Louis Riel, Treaty rights, Métis rights, and more.



Harvesting rights were back in Nova Scotia headlines


DFO, four Mi’kmaw nations renew interim agreement to harvest lobster | APTN News  


Ontario news featured Métis rights, treaty rights and our client, Temagami First Nation and Teme-Augama Anishnabai, taking legal action to defend their rights 


First Nations remain committed to protecting their Inherent and Treaty Rights | Anishinabek News

First Nations in northeastern Ontario and their $10-billion dilemma | Sudbury Star 

TFN and TAA begin legal action over Pond Lake cabin | Penticton Herald


Louis Riel was in the news in Manitoba 


Riel law will make leader Honourary First Premier of Manitoba | APTN News  


Specific claims were front and centre in Saskatchewan 


Sask. First Nations call on province, feds to rescind policy that withholds income assistance for recipients | CBC News

Province reverses policy withholding ‘specific claims’ from First Nations people | Northeast Now


Land protection, self-determination and salmon conservation topped headlines in BC


Indigenous rights collide with $35B Western Canada pipeline expansion | Global News 

Divers swimming with salmon in remote B.C. streams to enhance conservation | Clearwater Times 

Largest First Nation in B.C. votes to take authority over child and family services for its members | CBC News 


A legal battle over consultation returned to the court in Yukon 


Court hears Yukon government appeal over quashing of exploration project in Beaver River watershed | CBC News 


National news included Indian Act reform, the federal economic update and water legislation


Assembly of First Nations Responds to Federal Government’s Fall Economic Statement - Assembly of First Nations

Indigenous loan guarantee applauded by major projects coalition - Economy, Law & Politics | Business in Vancouver

Statement - Canada launches an Indigenous Advisory Process on broader reform of the Indian Act | Newswire 

Feds' water legislation needs to do better around Indigenous rights | APTN News 



The Nunavut Court of Justice weighed in on hunting rights and the Charter 


R. v. Qiyuk et al., 2023 NUCJ 25



Those treaties are sacred covenants – a pledge, commitment and honouring between the government of the day and chiefs of the day.

Chief Bobby Cameron, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN)  



Some seeds need fire to sprout. What if you’re that seed?

- Diane Wilson, The Seed Keeper (2021) 

First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the 2023 winner, finalist and honourable mentions of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. This year's $10,000 and $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Raven Richards and Sophia Sidarous, respectively. Congratulations to the honourable mentions Jaxxen Wiley, Mahève Rondeau and Tyler Ermineskin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. We're looking forward to carrying it on next year.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
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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.
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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.