May 8 - 14, 2024

This week’s edition includes Métis identity, environmental protection, pollution, community safety and more.   



National news included emergency management, Métis identity, and the appointment of a national Modern Treaty Commissioner 


Emergency co-ordinators missing in wildfire-prone communities | Canada's National Observer: Climate News

Manitoba Métis, Chiefs of Ontario incensed by MNO's 'cultural, identity theft' | Orillia News

Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Appointment of Modern Treaty Commissioner | Assembly of First Nations


Community safety was front and centre in the North


MMIWG advocates say N.W.T. needs to spend more on prevention | APTN News 


Land back, mining, reconciliation and fish farms were top stories in BC 


B.C. returns land on Island to Lyackson First Nation | Victoria Times Colonist

B.C. ends jade mining in northwest, all mines to close in 5 years | CBC News

British Columbia commits to reconciliation with new action plan | Vernon Matters

Deadline looms in B.C. for salmon farm transition decision | Business in Vancouver


The duty to consult spurred a blockade in Alberta   


RCMP present but not enforcing injunction at northern Alberta oil blockade | Global News 


Ontario headlines featured environmental pollution and access to justice   


Company sanctioned for benzene emissions near Ontario First Nation considers appealing shutdown | CBC News

Chiefs of Ontario allege minister threatened organization over lawsuit | APTN News

Ontario First Nations denied equal access to justice, lawsuit alleges | CBC News


In Quebec, child welfare and environmental protection were the top stories  


Quebec nixes commissioner role for Indigenous children's well-being | CBC News 

Algonquin leaders seek answers on toxic sewage discharge at nuclear lab | CBC News



The Federal Court weighed in on First Nations' decision-making authority


Bellegarde v. Carry the Kettle First Nation, 2024 FC 699 | CanLII 



Reconciliation isn’t about making people feel good. It’s about tough conversations, and truth, however hard it is to hear."

Cheryl Casimer, First Nations Summit  



Your staying put isn't an innocent stance."

- Billy-Ray Belcourt, A History of My Brief Body (2021) 


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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.