May 31 - June 6, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes calls to action, calls for justice, colonizer statues, Treaty rights, TMX and more.



Fishing rights remain front and centre in Mi’kma’ki



Child well-being is at the centre of a new agreement in Anishinaabe territory



Treaty rights and trespass were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan and Alberta



Salmon stocks and TMX were back in BC headlines



Calls for justice followed the federal government’s release of its MMIWG action plan



Calls to action on missing children and unmarked burials resounded across the country



Colonizer statues returned to national news




The Federal Court weighed in on a housing dispute



Cowichan Tribes’ Aboriginal title action is ongoing




“A mass grave is a crime scene, it is not a historic site or a heritage site.”

- Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre



“We are guilty of many errors and faults, / but our worst crime is abandoning the children, / denying them the fountain of life…”

- Gabriela Mistral, “His Name is Today”


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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 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.