Feb 22-28, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes land defence, Treaty rights, water rights, legal personhood, policing, judicial diversity, consent and more.



Land defence, policing and Treaty rights topped BC headlines



Coal mining was back in Alberta news



The duty to consult, consent and Treaty rights were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan



A river was granted legal personhood in Quebec



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights in and out of the courts



Governance, property rights and mining were front and centre in NWT and Nunavut news



Water rights, judicial diversity and energy regulation were hot topics across the country




The Manitoba Court of Appeal weighed in on the province's flood control management system




“While the government claims to be taking action to end systemic racism and to seek reconciliation, Indigenous youth are being thrown on the ground, their hair is pulled, and they have to go to the hospital for police-inflicted injuries. Indigenous youth must not be criminalized and targeted for peacefully standing with Indigenous nations asserting their Title and Rights; this is in clear opposition to BC’s obligations under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act. We are inspired by the action of Indigenous youth and we raise our hands to them for their actions for all our future generations.”

- Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Union of BC Indian Chiefs



"When people are engaged in something they are not proud of, they do not welcome witnesses. In fact, they come to believe the witness causes the trouble." 

- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley in Search of America (1962)


It was an honour to join the panel "The Human Right To Water: The Water Crisis for Indigenous and Northern Communities" this week to discuss an issue of utmost importance to our First Nation clients and Indigenous people across Canada.
First Peoples Law is the new editor of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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.
Check out our new podcast episode on First Peoples Lawcast featuring our 2020 scholarship winner Taryn Hamilton!
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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.