May 29 - June 4, 2024

This week’s edition includes the five-year anniversary of the MMIWG2S+ final report, treaty rights, fishing, environmental restoration and more.   



National headlines featured clean drinking water, MMIWG2S+, economic reconciliation and confidentiality agreements


Conservatives stall Indigenous clean water law, minister says | National Observer 

5 years after MMIWG inquiry's final report, former commissioners still waiting for progress | CBC News 

Economic Reconciliation Requires First Nations to be Equal Partners, Says AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak | Assembly of First Nations 

First Nations slam Ottawa over confidentiality agreements | The Star 


The Métis Nation of Ontario, language revitalization, treaty rights and the duty to consult were front and centre in Ontario 


Robinson Huron Treaty chiefs denounce Métis Nation of Ontario | SooToday 

Ontario legislator makes history at Queen's Park with speech, questions in Oji-Cree | CBC News 

Moving nuclear waste through traditional territories could face opposition, Ontario First Nation says | CBC News 

Matachewan First Nation reaches settlement on treaty land entitlement claim | Northern News 


Environmental pollution litigation returned to Manitoba headlines 


Two more First Nations sue three levels of government for treating Red, Assiniboine rivers ‘as part of the sewage system’ | Winnipeg Free Press 


Saskatchewan stories included community safety and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan   


Métis Nation touring proposed treaty across Sask. this summer | CBC News 

RCMP, FSIN sign agreement to improve communication, safety in Sask. First Nations | CBC News 


Treaty rights and land defense were back in the news in Alberta   


Blood Tribe can't sue Ottawa for Treaty violation due to provincial time limitations | Alberta Native News 

‘An uprising in the making’: 'Alberta' chiefs say oil company’s forceful approach is an attack on treaty rights | IndigiNews


British Columbia headlines highlighted environmental restoration and land stewardship


This small nation is taking big steps for the B.C Great Bear Rainforest | APTN News 

In W̱SÁNEĆ territories, Matriarchs raise funds to buy back their unceded lands | IndigiNews 


In the North, fisheries and the seal harvest were the top stories


Seal hunt advocate claims vindication, as Senate committee urges help for industry | CBC News 

Inuit seek 'fisheries reconciliation' with Canada after court decision | APTN News 


In case you missed it, check out Kate Gunn's case comment on the recent Supreme Court of Canada Shot Both Sides v. Canada decision 


Rights & Remedies at the SCC: Case Comment on Shot Both Sides v Canada | First Peoples Law | Kate Gunn



Applications for our 2025-2026 articling program are now open. We are seeking articling students for our Vancouver and Ottawa offices. Learn more here. 



The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on the Crown's obligations related to reserve lands 


Saulteaux First Nation v. Canada (Crown-Indigenous Relations), 2024 FCA 100 | CanLII 



Everyone that's listening: we need to revitalize our First Nations languages, teach your children to speak the First Nations language and to be proud of it."

MPP Sol Mamakwa  



You know that to love is both to swim and to drown. You know to love is to be a whole, partial, a joint, a fracture, a heart, a bone. It is to bleed and heal. It is to be in the world, honest."

- Caleb Azumah Nelson, Open Water (2021) 


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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.