October 18 - October 24, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes UNDRIP, child welfare, duty to consult, policing, calls for justice and more.  



National headlines included a proposed reconciliation council, calls for justice and court actions 



Fishing rights were once again front and centre on the east coast 



Ontario news featured child welfare and healing and reclamation for residential school survivors 



Duty to consult and policing topped Saskatchewan headlines 



Alberta news included inherent and Treaty rights 



Transboundary and Indigenous governance were in the spotlight up north 



BC headlines were busy with UNDRIP, fish farms and pipelines 




The Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an appeal regarding First Nation membership: 



True reconciliation with First Nations in Canada cannot happen if our government and legal institutions refuse to confront the past, or commit to preserve the records of how Canada treated Indigenous people.  What is happening to residential school survivors in our justice system is continued oppression and colonialism. 

Sol Mamakwa, Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario (Kiiwetinoong) 



I never understood how foreigners could come and tell us where to die and where to live. Where to be buried and how to breed.

- Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth (2018) 



We are excited to announce Westaway Law Group joined First Peoples Law LLP on October 1, 2022. The newly expanded First Peoples Law LLP creates a national boutique firm specializing in Indigenous rights and working exclusively for First Nation clients.
We are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
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.
First Peoples Law is the author of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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.
Check out our podcast featuring conversations on the defence of Indigenous rights.
Your weekly news update on Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.