April 26 - May 2, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes water rights, Treaty rights, consultation, coal, pipelines, place names, Indigenous law and more.



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights on the water and in the courts



Also on the east coast, consultation and place names were in the spotlight



Anishinaabe law and consultation were front and centre in Treaty 3



Coal mining was back in Alberta news



BC headlines included Treaty rights, TMX, inherent jurisdiction and mining law



Lastly, water rights returned to national news




The Federal Court weighed in on a governance dispute on Vancouver Island



In case you missed it, First Peoples Law's Bruce McIvor was interviewed by CBC Northbeat about the Supreme Court’s recent Desautel decision on Indigenous rights and colonial borders




"[Thomas Berger] had this authority from his real gentle knowledge and was not someone who would pound his fists on the table, almost as if he knew we had already won from the moment that we approached these issues.”

- Chief Tizya-Tramm, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation



“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find their way by moonlight, and their punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.”

- Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist (1891)


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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.