January 3 - 9, 2024

In case you missed it, check out our 2023 Indigenous Rights Year in Review.


2023 Indigenous Rights Year in Review | First Peoples Law 

This week’s edition includes (lack of) progress on the Calls to Action, economic reconciliation, fishing, mining and more.



National news featured the Calls to Action, Métis rights, Ribbon Skirt day and mining 


Calls to Action Accountability: A 2023 Status Update on Reconciliation | Yellowhead Institute 

With belaboured bill recognizing Métis self-government in limbo, here's what to know | St Albert Gazette 

Ribbon Skirt day a reminder there's much work to be done | Winnipeg Sun 

Consulting Indigenous communities on critical minerals is key to net zero ambitions | The Globe and Mail*


Fishing rights and Indigenous identity were the top stories on the East Coast  


Fishery court cases roundup: Jan. 2-5, 2024 | Ku'ku'kwes News  

Indigenous faculty raise concerns about Dalhousie University's proposed identification process | CBC News 


Quebec news included day schools and consultation


Class action seeks compensation for Indigenous day school survivors in Quebec | CBC News 

Hydro-Quebec is touting 'economic reconciliation' | APTN News 


Ontario headlines highlighted mining, economic reconciliation and policing 


Ontario chiefs seek halt to online mining claim-staking | Northern Ontario Business 

Tragic Death of Indigenous Woman Sparks Discussions on Policing and Indigenous Rights | NetNewsLedger 

Rama First Nation takes ownership of 5 Ramara roads | Simcoe.com 

For Marten Falls First Nation, economic reconciliation begins and ends in the Ring of Fire | The Globe and Mail*


Treaty rights returned to the news in Manitoba 


First Nations hunters aim to change provincial restrictions | Winnipeg Sun 


Harvesting rights and cumulative impacts front and centre in the North 


Board recommends against proposed mining road in central Yukon | Eye on the Arctic 


BC headlines included fishing, Land Back, UNDRIP and conservation  


Feds must fix unfair West Coast fishing rules: House committee | Penticton Herald 

First Nation appeals court decision | CIM Magazine 

Marina gets new name amid transition to First Nation | Victoria Times Colonist 

Canada’s Nature Agreement underscores the need for true reconciliation with Indigenous nations | The Conversation 

Colville Confederated Tribes are bringing Canada lynx home | The Narwhal 



The Yukon Supreme Court weighed in on consultation for the Kudz Ze Kayah mine project


Ross River Dena Council v Yukon (Government of), 2024 YKSC 1 

Court hands partial victory to First Nations who say they weren't properly consulted over Yukon mine project | CBC News



You should not have to be arrested by conservation officers or have game confiscated by conservation officers for exercising your protected and inherent rights, rights that are constitutionally protected.

Grand Chief Garrison Settee, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak   



There is room on this land for all of us and there must also be, after centuries of struggle, room for justice for Indigenous peoples. That is all we ask. And we will settle for nothing less.

-  Arthur Manuel, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call (2021) 


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