May 31 - June 6, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes education, language rights and revitalization, self-governance, and more. 



Language rights continue to top Quebec headlines along with Indigenous governance and self-determination 



BC news included fisheries, forestry, cross-border Treaty rights and language revitalization



Health care rights, MMIWG,  and international trade topped national headlines 



Ontario news featured consent and consultation



Education topped the headlines in Saskatchewan and Labrador 



Self-governance was in the spotlight in Manitoba news




I'm looking forward to speaking on the panel “History on Trial” at the Indigenous History and Heritage Gathering in Ottawa today. Click here for more info.



We're excited to welcome our 2023 cohort of summer students, Dane Allard, Carlie Kane and Christian Spence, to the First Peoples Law team.



You can’t pick and choose when reconciliation can be done.

Councillor Isaiah Robinson, Kitsoo Xai’xais First Nation 



Want a different ethic? Tell a different story.  

- Thomas King, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (2003) 


As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law offers an annual scholarship to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated commitment to serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
First Peoples Law is the author of Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary. 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.
Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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.
We are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
Check out our podcast featuring conversations on the defence of Indigenous rights.
Your weekly news update on Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.