Jan 11-17, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, Charter rights, birth alerts, megaprojects, water protectors, land defenders, genocide denial and more.



Treaty rights were front and centre across the country



    Birth alerts, megaprojects and cedars were hot topics in BC and NWT news



    Child welfare litigation is ongoing in Ottawa



    Land defence continues at Kanesatake



    A class action regarding Indigenous inmates' Charter rights is in the works



    Racism and genocide denial were back in the national spotlight



    Lastly, Indigenous resistance continues south of the colonial border amid pipeline construction




    The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed Paul First Nation's land sale claim




    “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



    “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.
    Check out our 2020 Indigenous Rights Year in Review covering Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, Supreme Court cases and more.
    Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
    Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our readings lists, including a new multimedia list!
    Check out our latest e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
    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.
    Your weekly news update from First Peoples Law.
    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.