May 17-23, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes self-government, surveillance, Charter rights, Treaty rights, Indigenous law, land claims, repatriation, education, elections and more.



Self-government, Charter rights and Indigenous law were front and centre in the Yukon and NWT



Repatriation, mining and logging topped BC headlines



Manitoba news included land claims and Treaty rights



Education, environmental assessment and elections were hot topics in Ontario



1492 Land Back Lane returned to headlines in Haudenosaunee territory



Treaty rights and colonial surveillance were back in Nova Scotia news



Indigenous law revitalization was in the spotlight across the country




The Federal Court ruled on election tribunal orders in Treaty 4



The BC Supreme Court weighed in on interrogatories in Kwikwetlem First Nation’s Aboriginal title action



The Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench ruled on the availability of judicial review



The Nova Scotia Supreme Court addressed fishing rights in its recent injunction decision




"True, meaningful and lasting reconciliation must include the return of our ancestors back to the Nations where they were taken from.”

- Dan Smith, Wei Wai Kum First Nation



“We are not looking for a bigger cell with a better view in a federal prison. We want to bust out of this prison and achieve freedom.”

- Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla, quoted in Bev Sellars, Price Paid: The Fight for First Nations Survival (2016)


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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 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.