July 19-25, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane

This week’s edition includes consultation, self-governance, police reform, #LandBack and more.



Land Back and consultation were front and centre across the country



Human rights also featured in national news



Self-governance and Métis rights returned to Ontario news 



Indigenous leadership in Saskatchewan continued calls for police reform



Self-governance was also in the spotlight in Saskatchewan




We have posted two positions for articling students for 2024-2025. Please share widely with your network! Learn more here.



For First Nations or legitimate Métis rights holders, Canada is not the arbiter of rights and titles in our territories and does not have the authority to create new section 35 holding entities with jurisdiction in our territories without consulting us.

- Chief Scott McLeod, Nipissing First Nation



When I think about my identity

I think about my language

And how my folks were taught

it would be to my advantage

To learn a foreign tongue

They could not foresee the damage

- Leonard Sumner, “I Know You're Sorry” from Standing in the Light (2018) - Anishinaabe artist from Little Saskatchewan First Nation

As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law offers an annual scholarship to an Indigenous law student with a demonstrated commitment to serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
First Peoples Law is the author of Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary. Previously authored by legendary law professor Shin Imai for over two decades, the book includes hundreds of annotations of significant court decisions and federal legislation regarding Indigenous rights in Canada. We hope it continues to be a useful resource for Indigenous Peoples defending and advancing their rights across the country.
Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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, 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.