Aug 23-29, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane

This week’s edition includes Charter rights, duty to consult, specific claims, the Ring of Fire and more.



National headlines featured funding and land claims



Specific claims and policing topped news in Saskatchewan



Western news included land stewardship and rights in BC and housing in Alberta



Charter rights were front and centre in Quebec



Duty to consult, the Ring of Fire and a court case returned to Ontario news



New Brunswick headlines featured a court action and title claim




First Nations' laws also pay attention to relationality, or relationships, so there is a possibility that when we pay attention to First Nations laws our relationships can be strengthened.

- John Borrows, The 180 | CBC Radio



We must continue to pray for the water, as there is no life without water.

- Carole Lindstrom, Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior (2023)

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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.