July 19-25, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes human rights, Treaty rights, consent, national parks, new court cases, UNDRIP, Land Back and more.



Land use and consultation were front and centre in Mi’kma’ki



Consent, pipelines and Land Back returned to Quebec and Ontario news



Colonizer denial, UNDRIP and Residential School records were in the spotlight in Manitoba and Saskatchewan



Alberta news included national parks, mining and Métis governance



Human rights and land restitution topped BC headlines



Treaty rights and housing were back in NWT and Nunavut news




The Court of Appeal of Yukon ruled on Charter rights and Indigenous jurisdiction. Here is a backgrounder on the lower court decision by our colleagues Angela D’Elia Decembrini and Kate Gunn.



Here is the latest duty to consult decision from the Federal Court.



The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench weighed in on Indigenous hunting rights. Here is a backgrounder on the lower court decision by our colleague Kate Gunn.



In case you missed it, check out Kate's new blog post on the Supreme Court's Southwind decision, a significant victory for First Nations seeking compensation for the illegal taking of their reserve lands.




“If you look at the history of this country, any progress on Indigenous rights has been made through confrontation. And a lot of that confrontation happens on the land.”

- Hayden King, Yellowhead Institute Executive Director



"I see you; you see me; this is reciprocal; this reciprocity signals justice.” 

- Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (2014)

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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.