May 24-30, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes land rights, law enforcement, legal education, language rights and more.



We’re proud of our Manitoba clients for taking a stand in defence of their lands, waters and Treaty rights 



Law enforcement and legal education were also in the spotlight in Manitoba 



Ontario news included land rights, consultation and Métis rights 



Language rights were front and centre in Quebec 



In case you missed it, I recently spoke about land back at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs




I'm looking forward to speaking on the panel “History on Trial” at the Indigenous History and Heritage Gathering in Ottawa next Tuesday, June 6. Click here for more info.



I recently reviewed a book about Aboriginal title by Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter: 

Unstable Properties: Aboriginal Title and the Claim of British Columbia | BC Studies



How can we teach our children our traditional practices when our lands and waters are being destroyed?

- Chief Shirley Ducharme, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation



The land is the boss.

- Gary Potts, “The Land is the Boss: How Stewardship Can Bring Us Together” in Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada (1992)

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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.