Nov 8-14, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

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



Treaty rights were front and centre on the east coast 



The Restoule Treaty annuities litigation returned to Ontario news 



Consultation was before the courts in Manitoba 



Treaty rights and mining were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan



West coast news included UNDRIP and land defence



Human rights and child welfare were back in the national spotlight 




The Federal Court ruled on a jurisdictional issue




We encourage all lawyers in BC to vote for the Indigenous lawyers running in the Law Society of BC bencher election.




Thanks to Canadian Lawyer for the interview and The Tyee for publishing an excerpt from my new book Standoff, in bookstores this week. To get another excerpt and order a copy from an independent bookstore, check out my new website.



I'll also be joining Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki Kwe) on Nov. 17th at 4pm pacific for an online launch hosted by Massy Books. Register here and pre-order your copy!



“Our treaties never ceded land, our treaties are peace and friendship treaties and they were always meant for us to take care of this land and this water for us to always be able to sustain ourselves as a people and I think it’s time the rest of Canada embraces those things.”

- Dorene Bernard, Sipekne’katik First Nation



“This is all I committed to tell. You know what to do with the story now." 

- Lee Maracle, Celia’s Song (2014) 

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.