Sept 6-12, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Aboriginal title, Treaty rights, human rights, consent, injunctions and more.



Forestry and consent were back in BC news



Consultation and coal mining are before the courts in Alberta



Aboriginal title topped headlines in Ontario



Systemic racism returned to the spotlight on the east coast



Treaty and human rights were front and centre across the country




An Ontario court granted an injunction in Treaty 9 




“True reconciliation isn’t necessarily always supposed to feel good. It is supposed to feel like a loss of power. It is supposed to challenge your notions of property ownership. It is supposed to be a shift in power dynamics.” 

- Philip Brass, Peepeekisis First Nation 



"And we want to remind you American and Canadian citizens, that you are still our guests here and we are still your hosts."

- Beau Dick, featured on "Skoden" by Snotty Nose Rez Kids (2017)

Articling at First Peoples Law provides the unique opportunity to work with and learn from recognized leading lawyers and on behalf of inspiring clients across the country who are at the forefront of developing the law through the defence of their 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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.