May 30 - June 5, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes Aboriginal title, Treaty rights, injunctions, harvesting rights, elections and more.



Language rights remain front and centre in Quebec 



Land defence and recognition were in the spotlight in Ontario 



Treaty rights and land claims topped headlines in Manitoba and Alberta 



BC news included injunctions and Aboriginal title



Calls for Justice remain unanswered across the country




The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal weighed in on Métis harvesting rights 



The Ontario Superior Court ruled on an injunction application regarding land use on reserve 



The Federal Court issued an elections decision 




As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law offers an annual scholarship to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated commitment to serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.

Applications for this year's $10,000 scholarship are now open! Click here to apply. 

You can also meet past recipients and download a poster on our website.


Check out our colleague Kate Gunn's article in Constitutional Forum's special edition on the Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin case: "Towards a Renewed Relationship: Modern Treaties & the Recognition of Indigenous Law-Making Authority."



I’m looking forward to speaking at the “Current and Emerging Issues” conference this month hosted by the Federation of Community Social Services of BC in Penticton.

I'm honoured that my book, Standoff, is the central text for Osgoode Hall Law School's "In Search of Reconciliation Through Dispute Resolution." I'm looking forward to speaking to the class on July 19th. Learn more here.



"Really, these underlying issues are about land title and that's where government has its obligation...They need to step up and not just stay in the weeds." 

- Kris Statnyk 



"It is the assumption of superiority on which this country's history has been based that must change."

- Bev Sellars, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (2016)

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.
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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.