December 6 - 12, 2023

This week’s edition includes AFN's new National Chief, carbon pricing, consultation, conservation, class actions and more.



National news featured AFN's new National Chief, class actions and proposed federal legislation 


A long battle now behind it, the AFN has a new national chief | Windspeaker 

National Chief Woodhouse thanks family, teachings for getting her to top job | northeastNOW 

First Nations leaders and Métis groups in dispute over Bill C-53 | Alberta Native News 

Federal Court of Canada Appoints Settlement Implementation Committee to Compensate First Nations Children and Families | Assembly of First Nations  

Class members have three months to submit their claims under the First Nations Drinking Water Settlement | Newswire 

Indigenous services minister to table First Nations water bill as early as Monday | CP24 


Resource protection and stewardship were top stories in Quebec 


Listuguj Mi'gmaq Government calls for moratorium on shrimp fishery in the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence | Newswire 

Atikamekw community signs relationship framework with provincial government | The Record 


Ontario news included carbon pricing and treaty rights


Optimism shared over Robinson Huron Treaty annuities case |  

Behind First Nations’ demands for climate tax exemptions | Canada's National Observer: Climate News 


A lawsuit, municipal partnerships and consultation made headlines across the prairies


Manitoba Hydro dams caused decades of harm to Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, lawsuit alleges | CBC News 

SaskPower has signed an engagement agreement with Ya’ thi Néné Lands and Resources | MBC Radio 

Agreement to forge new partnerships for municipalities, First Nations | Hamilton Spectator 

New cultural centre in Pheasant Rump will be space to practise, preserve Nakota culture and language: chief | CBC News 


BC news featured Métis rights, harvesting rights, conservation, a new Chief Justice, repatriation and human rights


FNLC Supports BC’s Release of Distinctions-Based Approach Primer and Clarification of BC’s Position on Métis Rights | UBCIC 

Klahoose First Nation secures logging rights on their traditional territory | Global News 

How BC Is Tackling a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Its Forests | The Tyee 

Colleagues hail appointment of 1st Indigenous B.C. Chief Justice in court's history | CBC News 

Port Hardy First Nations request return of 17 masks | Victoria Times Colonist 

Amnesty International reports 'ongoing violations' of human rights on Wet'suwet'en territory | CBC News


Thanks to everyone who stopped by the First Peoples Law booth at the AFN AGA last week to say hello, pick up a hat and enter our raffle. See you next time! 




United, we will continue to grow First Nations’ impact on decision-making in our traditional territories, Ottawa and internationally.

National Chief Cindy Woodhouse, Assembly of First Nations  



Our presence is our weapon, and this is visible to me at every protest, every mobilization, every time a Two Spirit person gifts us with a dance at our powwows, every time we speak our truths, every time we embody Indigenous life.

-  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance (2017)

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.
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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.