October 3 - October 11, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes Treaty rights, lawsuits, land back, economic sovereignty and more. 



Jurisdiction and Canada’s justice system were front and centre in national headlines 



Manitoba headlines included a child welfare class action and a search for unmarked graves. 



Treaty rights and land protection topped headlines in Ontario 



N.W.T. headlines featured decision-making authority and governance 



Land back returned to headlines on the east coast



Food security and resource management were in the spotlight in BC 



Economic sovereignty intersects with climate change action in Saskatchewan 



Cumulative impacts and pipelines returned to Alberta news 




First Peoples Law’s Kate Gunn and Amy Westland weighed in on legal actions filed this week. Amy was interviewed by the Toronto Star and CBC about three Treaty 9 First Nations’ claim against Ontario. The Narwhal interviewed Kate on the Blueberry River decision and treaty infringement.


My new colleague, Cynthia Westaway, and I were interviewed by Canadian Lawyer about First Peoples Law’s expansion into Ontario. Check out the story here.  



“Our teachings are to protect mother earth and to leave it the way it is. As keepers of mother earth, we must maintain the way it’s been built and share it to make sure we give it the protection it needs.” 

- Chief Alvin Francis, Nekaneet First Nation  




“...the wind playing in the new spring leaves as though to say, we see you, we are with you, dance on."

- Michelle Good, Five Little Indians (2020)



We are excited to announce Westaway Law Group joined First Peoples Law LLP on October 1, 2022. The newly expanded First Peoples Law LLP creates a national boutique firm specializing in Indigenous rights and working exclusively for First Nation clients.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
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.
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.
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.
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.