Sept 13-19, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane

This week’s edition includes food sovereignty, land stewardship, systemic racism, salmon and more. 



MMIWG2S+ returned to Manitoba news 


First Nation members send silent message in support of landfill search during Manitoba PC leader's visit | CBC News ​​​​​


National headlines featured human rights, access to news, and land protection 


Native Americans and land advocates say increase in visitors threatening sacred sites | CBC News 

Assembly of First Nations condemn N.B. and Sask school pronoun policies | CBC News 

Online News Act impacting Indigenous news outlets in Canada | APTN News 


Systemic racism, evidence of unmarked graves, and land defence topped Quebec headlines 


Mohawk Mothers try to stop excavation amid former Montreal hospital grave search | APTN News  

Mineral company evicted from Innu territory for unwanted, incompatible exploration | Windspeaker 

Dissatisfaction grows among First Nations groups over Quebec Indigenous health-care bill | CBC News 

Joyce's Principle should be included in new bill, says opposition | CTV News 


A new urban reserve made headlines in Saskatchewan  


Saskatoon and Lac La Ronge Indian Band establish new urban reserve | CTV News 


Economic development topped Ontario news 


Northern Ontario First Nations announce decision to partner with Hydro One to develop major new Greenfield Transmission Line from Wawa to Porcupine | Newswire 


Fishing rights were in the spotlight in the Maritimes  


Arrests made during Mi'kmaw fishery protest | APTN News 


BC news included food sovereignty, education, land stewardship and human rights  


Gitanyow celebrates the return of salmon as B.C. inches toward recognizing the nation's protected area | The Narwhal 

First Nations leadership council condemns cruelty in Prince George encampment removal | CBC News  

Indigenous course requirement now in place for B.C. high school students | CBC News 

Fighting for food sovereignty amid B.C. wildfires | The Narwhal 



Bruce McIvor thinks Aboriginal rights have become a tool of colonialism. To find out why, check out his new four-part essay published next week ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.



The Ontario Court of Appeal weighed in on Aboriginal Title and honour of the Crown


Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation v Canada (Attorney General), 2023 ONCA 565



When we come back to culture, we come back to reconnecting with our ancestors wisdom, their strength and the connection of the community, because our ceremonies are beautiful practices and that is who we are.

- Ferrada Lightning, Maskwacis, Alta.



Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.

- Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (2013)

First Peoples Law's Kate Gunn is co-chairing the Pacific Business & Law Institute's virtual Indigenous Rights Beyond Borders program on October 19, 2023. Kate will be presenting on the implications of the Blueberry River decision while Bruce McIvor will be discussing key challenges and opportunities on multi-jurisdictional projects. Use the code KATE15 to receive 15% off your registration fee.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
First Peoples Law is the author of Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary. 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.
Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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.
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.
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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.