Feb 8-14, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes land defence, policing, flooding, freighters, urban reserves, data sharing, UNDRIP and more.



Land defence and harvesting rights remain front and centre in Nunavut



Treaty rights and policing returned to the news cycle in Mi'kma'ki



Manitoba headlines included flooding and water rights



An urban reserve is in the works in Treaty 4



Land management and Treaty rights were hot topics in Alberta and Ontario



Freighters, consultation and data sharing topped BC news



UNDRIP and Indigenous jurisdiction were back in the national spotlight



Bylaw enforcement remains a serious issue amid COVID-19




The Ontario Superior Court weighed in on a property dispute on reserve.




“These institutions that are sworn to serve and protect all people have now been revealed as serving and protecting only some or rather their own as we were left to fend for ourselves.”

- Chief Mike Sack, Sipekne’katik First Nation



"If somebody's holding down that First Nation inside that reservation, somebody's got to be on his back and that guy on his back is controlling the law books."

- Dr. Frank Calder, Let Right Be Done: Aboriginal Title, the Calder Case, and the Future of Indigenous Rights (2007)


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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.
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.