Nov 15-21, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes injunctions, land defence, language rights, Treaty rights, trespass laws, UNDRIP and more.



Land defence, evacuations and UNDRIP topped BC headlines



Treaty rights and trespass laws returned to Saskatchewan and Alberta news 



In Manitoba, systemic racism and self-government were front and centre 



Mining, consultation and pollution were in the spotlight in Ontario 



COVID-19, climate change and governance were major topics in the Yukon, NWT and Nunavut 



Lastly, language rights returned to national news 




Thanks to the Ubyssey for interviewing me about educating university students and Indigenous rights, and the Rungh for featuring my essay “Reconciliation as a Massive Failure” in their magazine.

My colleague Kate Gunn was also interviewed by the Tyee about injunctions. Check out her primer on this topic here.



I’m looking forward to the online conversation about my new book hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre on December 3rd at 1:30pm eastern. Register for free here.


It was great to join Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki Kwe) in conversation for the online launch of Standoff this week.


“We want to be on our land hunting and being with our families, doing our traditional activities, in peace. We don’t want to be behind a blockade. But we have no other choice.”

- Sleydo’, Gidimt’en spokesperson



"At the end of our acts of defiance, we are often met with the business end of the police truncheon. But the process of attacking us usually begins weeks and even months earlier, when the state takes in hand its legal billy club: the court injunction."

- Arthur Manuel, The Reconciliation Manifesto (2017)

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.