March 8-14, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes hunting rights, fishing rights, logging, mining, birth alerts, burial sites, private property, UNDRIP and more.



Hunting and fishing rights, birth alerts and burial sites topped BC headlines



Alberta news included Treaty rights, logging and mining



Consultation, overincarceration and buffalo were back in the Saskatchewan spotlight 



In Manitoba, limitations legislation, water rights and smoking were all hot topics



UNDRIP and environmental regulation were front and centre in Aamjiwnaang territory



Mi'kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights on and off the water



Systemic racism, drinking water and UNDRIP were major topics on the national and international stage



Aboriginal title and private property are at the centre of this action scheduled for early next year



Thanks to Rob Louie for sharing this intervention decision in a Federal Court case about consultation in the elections context




“We’re not going to follow their dictatorship. It’s more about self-governance now than just fishing lobster.”

Craig Doucette, Potlotek First Nation



“I turned the words over suspiciously, like round, sea-polished pebbles that might suddenly put out a claw and change into something else.” 

- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)


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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.