“The Indian Act was created as a tool of forced assimilation and displacement for our peoples. Continued imposition of Indian Act recognition processes upon our citizens is an ongoing act of genocide by Canada."
- Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
OFF THE BOOKSHELF
“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
First Peoples Law 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.
My colleague Kate Gunn and I recently had the honour of representing the Indigenous Bar Association on their intervention in the Desautel appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Check out my blog post on our submissions, including a video recording.
Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. 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. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. 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.