April 12-18, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, land claims, Treaty rights, injunctions, policing, consultation, consent, compensation and more.



The federal government’s UNDRIP bill was back in the House of Commons



Indigenous jurisdiction, tax revenue and land claims were hot topics in New Brunswick



Injunctions and Indigenous rights were front and centre in Manitoba



Ontario news included Treaty rights and additions to reserve



In Quebec, archeological assessment was in the spotlight



Consultation and colonizer statues returned to Saskatchewan news



Policing, mining, title and rights topped headlines in Alberta and BC




The Specific Claims Tribunal awarded compensation for an illegal reserve taking in Nlaka’pamux territory



In case you missed it, check out our new post on the Beaver Lake appeal and the cost of Indigenous rights litigation




“There’s been enough decisions, enough action, enough education that should be compelling Ontario to pay their rent on behalf of Ontario and Canadian citizens.”

Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation



"Light is history in flames. / Let us forget about the light. / Can anyone define / the darkness that defines the star?"

- June Jordan, "On the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations: 1970" (1974)

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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. 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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.