August 23-29, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, fishing rights, food sovereignty, consultation, compensation, place names and more.



Fishing rights remain front and centre on the west coast



BC headlines also included mining, forestry and Indigenous law



Hunting rights, Treaty rights and land management were hot topics in the Yukon and NWT



Sovereignty and the duty to consult topped Alberta headlines



Flooding compensation and colonial place names returned to Ontario news



An important legal challenge is underway in Innu territory



Lastly, Treaty rights were back in the spotlight south of the 49th




A huge thank you to my colleagues for choosing me as "Lawyer of the Year" for Aboriginal law in Vancouver in the Best Lawyers annual survey.

- Bruce



The Ontario Court of Appeal weighed in on the honour of the Crown



The Supreme Court of Yukon ruled on an application to strike in an Indigenous rights judicial review




“If the federal government would meet us at the negotiating tables as directed by their own highest courts, our fisheries would no longer be ‘unauthorized’ in the eyes of the DFO.”

Wickaninnish Cliff Atleo



“Stealing land is a decidedly non-partisan, intergenerational activity in Canada.”

- Arthur Manuel, Reconciliation Manifesto (2017)



Bruce and Kate will be co-teaching a seminar on the history and future of Aboriginal law this semester at UBC.

First Peoples Law is seeking an experienced lawyer to join our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Deadline: August 31, 2021.
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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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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.