November 8 - 21, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane

This week’s edition includes duty to consult, treaty rights at the Supreme Court, reconciliation, and more.



MMIWG2S+ and Métis rights were in the spotlight in the North


Lesa Semmler vows to bring in law to protect Indigenous women and girls | APTN News 

Métis rights activists pushing Ottawa for apology, compensation | APTN News 


Identity disputes returned to headlines on the east coast


Métis and Innu nations back Inuit leader in Labrador identity dispute | CBC News 


Quebec news featured hunting and harvesting rights


Kahnawake Council chief talks gun bill | Spare News | Penticton Herald 


The Robinson-Huron Treaty and Robinson-Superior Treaty were front and centre in Ontario


Supreme Court asked to interpret Robinson treaties while being urged to consider compensation for breaches | Windspeaker

Report claims to disprove evidence of Métis community in the Sault | Sault Ste. Marie News


Land rights, reconciliation and systemic barriers topped Manitoba headlines


Dakota Tipi First Nation sues federal government for $475M, alleges Manitoba air base built on unceded land | CBC News 

Indigenous leaders hopeful as Manitoba Premier Kinew takes on reconciliation portfolio | CBC News 

First Nations adults with disabilities living on reserve lack equal access to services, report finds | CBC News 


Alberta headlines featured health care and consultation


Treaty 6 tells Alberta it must consult before changing health system | APTN News 


Child welfare, land rights and duty to consult topped BC news


Indigenous mom’s discrimination payout hangs in the balance at B.C. Supreme Court | IndigiNews

Aseniwuche Winewak letter calls on Parks Canada for negotiations | Penticton Herald

New ‘mountaintop to seafloor’ Indigenous protected area in B.C. | The Narwhal 

Treaty 8 nations challenge Blueberry River agreement - Economy, Law & Politics | Business in Vancouver 



We are excited to be nominated by our colleagues for the 2024 Globe and Mail’s Best Law Firms in Canada. Check out the full list below. 


Meet Canada’s Best Law Firms, ranked by lawyers themselves | The Globe and Mail



We were honoured to represent our clients in their intervention in the Restoule appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this month.

Patricia Lawrence appeared on behalf of Anishinabek Nation and Bruce McIvor appeared on behalf of Teme-Augama Anishnabai and Temagami First Nation.  

You can watch the webcast recording here and check out our backgrounder on the case here. 



It’s important for the Canadian government to understand that we can govern ourselves.

Chief Jessica Lazare, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake  



My father's blood is mine 
His story beats inside me 
And now I share it herе with you 
Yeah, he's a child of the government

Jayli Wolf, "Child of the Government" (2021) 

First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the 2023 winner, finalist and honourable mentions of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. This year's $10,000 and $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Raven Richards and Sophia Sidarous, respectively. Congratulations to the honourable mentions Jaxxen Wiley, Mahève Rondeau and Tyler Ermineskin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. We're looking forward to carrying it on next year.
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.