Jan 24-30, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes injunctions, Indigenous law, mining, logging, caribou, salmon, UNDRIP and more.



Harvesting rights were front and centre on the east coast 



Caribou were in the spotlight in Quebec



Mining and Indigenous jurisdiction topped Ontario headlines 



We’re honoured to represent our client on an important challenge to a forestry plan in Manitoba 



BC news included UNDRIP, Indigenous law and fishing rights 




In case you missed it, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s case comment on the CN Rail v Doe decision and its implications for Indigenous people defending their rights and upholding their laws across the country



The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on the rule of law and injunctions




I was interviewed by Dan George on the Reconciliation Road podcast and by The Breach about Land Back and the Doctrine of Discovery.



I'll be joining a panel discussion on UNDRIP implementation in Canada at the Forward Summit on February 2nd at 1:30pm mountain. The full agenda is available here.



"The days of simply taking wealth from our mountain while our people cannot even get food for their families from our traditional lands are over."

- Chief Derek Nepinak, Pine Creek First Nation



"'Unalterable' is / not a word / whatever is / dreaming understands."

- Michael O'Brien, Avenue (2012)

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 new podcast episode featuring a conversation between First Peoples Law's Indigenous Law Student Scholarship winners!
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.
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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.