December 13 - 19, 2023

This week’s edition includes land defence, policing, reconciliation, economic development and more.



Canada's new water bill, reconciliation, inherent rights and the Van der Peet test topped national headlines 


Feds introduce bill to set drinking water standards in First Nations | CBC News 

‘Not true reconciliation:’ FSIN reacts to federal bill on water | Northeast NOW 

Reconciliation: more action, less talk | The Free Press 

Chiefs say pan-Indigenous approach leaves Ottawa taking too much away from First Nations | Windspeaker 

Federal liabilities 'likely' owed to Indigenous people grow to $76B under Trudeau | CBC News 

Entire Indigenous advisory council for CN Rail resigns | APTN News 

"A new era in Canadian law" | CBA National


BC news included land defence, consultation and pipelines 


Breaking into TMX: Secwépemc allies, wrapped in chains, drop tobacco into borehole | IndigiNews 

Three host First Nations could have major say in potential Park Board transition | CTV News 

The feds cut Trans Mountain a $1.8M tax break in the ’50s for a pipeline. A First Nation got just $2,400. It’s still fighting for redress | Global News 

Ktunaxa First Nation responds to lawsuit | Columbia Valley Pioneer


A new chief justice was front and centre in Yukon


Yukon's new chief justice on Indigenous representation and reconciliation in the justice system | CBC News  


Manitoba headlines included Treaty rights and water rights


Manitoba First Nation sues feds, alleges unchanged $5 annuity payments violate treaty | CBC News 

Tataskweyak Cree Nation to get $40M water pipeline after 6 years under boil water advisory | CBC News


Policing topped Ontario headlines


Thunder Bay police chief meets with First Nations leaders in first leadership forum | CBC News


East coast news featured economic development 


Indigenous economy generates billions in goods and services across Atlantic region: report | CBC News 



They just do whatever they want. That's colonialism at its best.

Chief Chris Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation   



In this age, the natural world is spared only if it can be photographed; if its beauty can be sold; if it doesn’t get in the way of more pipelines and more profit.

-  Alicia Elliott, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground (2019) 


SEE YOU IN 2024!


We're taking the next few weeks off. You’ll get your next First Peoples Law Report on January 9th. Check out our social media channels from December 27-31 for our annual Indigenous Rights Year in Review!

First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the 2023 winner, finalist and honourable mentions of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. This year's $10,000 and $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Raven Richards and Sophia Sidarous, respectively. Congratulations to the honourable mentions Jaxxen Wiley, Mahève Rondeau and Tyler Ermineskin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. We're looking forward to carrying it on next year.
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.
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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.