March 1-7, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, Charter rights, injunctions, #LandBack, UNDRIP, access to justice and more.



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights in the face of Canada’s latest fisheries announcement. Check out our colleague Angela D’Elia Decembrini’s explainer on the Marshall decision and commercial fishing rights to get informed about this important topic



Access to justice and systemic racism were front and centre in Quebec



Consent, land claims and jurisdiction were hot topics in Saskatchewan and Manitoba



BC news included injunctions, burial sites and #LandBack. In case you missed it, check out our new post on BC’s decision to double down on the Site C dam



Mining, Treaty rights and UNDRIP returned to Yukon and NWT news



Policing, water rights and child welfare remain in the national spotlight




The Nunavut Court of Justice granted an injunction against Nuluujaat Land Guardians. To learn more about the law of injunctions, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s primer here.



The intersection of Indigenous and Charter rights is before the Yukon Court of Appeal. The Court recently ruled on intervenor applications. Check out our colleague Angela D’Elia Decembrini’s case comment on the lower court decision here.



Cowichan Tribes' Aboriginal title trial is ongoing.




"The imposition of departmental control without consultation with the Mi'kmaq is not a Nation-to-Nation relationship, rather, it is Your-Nation-Over-Our-Nation. This is completely unacceptable."

Letter from 13 Mi’kmaq Chiefs of Nova Scotia




"To exclusively apply the tenets of British Common Law as it existed at the time when British intrusion onto the territory of a sovereign First Nation first occurred, without giving any consideration whatsoever to the value system of the society that the British system had intruded upon, is the ultimate of arrogant White supremacist thinking."

- Daniel N. Paul, We Were Not the Savages (1993)


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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.