Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes new court cases, land defence, Treaty rights, human rights, UNDRIP and more.



It was National Day for Truth and Reconciliation



Land defence and Treaty rights topped BC headlines



Coal mining was back in Alberta news



Land claims and sovereignty were front and centre in Ontario



Systemic racism returned to the spotlight in Quebec



It was Treaty Day on the east coast



Consultation was a hot topic in and out of courts




The Federal Court dismissed Canada's latest challenge to findings of its discrimination against First Nations children



The Federal Court also weighed in on the duty to consult




“These families have been through enough. It’s time for [Canada] to put down their sword.”

- Cindy Blackstock



“Indigenous peoples have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct peoples and shall not be subjected to any act of genocide or any other act of violence, including forcibly removing children of the group to another group.”

- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples



The RELAW team (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) at West Coast Environmental Law is currently welcoming expressions of interest from Indigenous individuals and nations in BC who would like to participate in their Indigenous Law Co-Learning Program.



We're taking next week off. You'll get your next First Peoples Law Report Sunday, October 17th. See you then!

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