April 25 - May 1, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes Treaty rights, language rights, Charter rights, consultation, specific claims and more.



Sovereignty and Treaty rights topped headlines on the east coast



Nunavut and NWT news included language rights, election codes and child welfare 



Consultation and systemic racism were hot topics in Ontario 



Specific claims and consent were front and centre in BC 



Genocide and human rights were in the international spotlight 




Here is a recent decision from the Federal Court involving Indigenous law and governance. 



Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Here is our previous backgrounder on the Yukon Supreme Court decision.




First Peoples Law is offering an introductory course on the defence of Indigenous rights for leadership and staff of Indigenous governments and organizations. This in-person course is a practical, how-to course that provides participants with useful tools and strategies to defend their community’s Indigenous rights.  

Dates: June 10 (evening only) - June 12, 2022 

Location: Vancouver, BC 

Cost: $1,200/person  

Fee includes welcome dinner, refreshments and snacks. It does not include accommodation, travel or lunch.

Course capacity: 10 participants. Participation will be limited to 2 people per community/organization. 

To learn more and apply, click here. Applications close May 15, 2022.




"When we come together, we don’t even realize how powerful we are as a team and as a community. When people come together from their hearts, wanting to effect positive change, it can change the world."  

- Anita Cardinal-Stewart

Congratulations to Anita on winning the Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella Prize! Check out her interview with Canadian Lawyer here. Anita was also the recipient of First Peoples Law's 2021 Indigenous Law Student scholarship. Check out her First Peoples Lawcast conversation with fellow winner Mary McPherson here.



“Some people see scars and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” 

- Linda Hogan, Solar Storms (1995) 

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.
First Peoples Law is the author of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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.
Check out our podcast featuring conversations on the defence of Indigenous rights.
We are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
Your weekly news update on Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.