March 22-28, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, Indigenous law, environmental racism, carbon tax, cannabis, COVID-19 and more.



Environmental racism and judicial diversity were hot topics across the country



Treaty rights remain front and centre in Mi’kma’ki



Systemic racism returned to the spotlight in New Brunswick



Lakehead University took an important step towards decolonizing law school



Child welfare, COVID-19 and banishment topped Saskatchewan headlines



Alberta news included coal mining and national parks



Indigenous jurisdiction, cannabis and fishing rights were back in BC news




The Supreme Court ruled the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional



New Brunswick's Court of Queen's Bench weighed in on carbon tax revenues



The Federal Court rendered another elections judgment




“I’d like to see Indigenous human rights become as common sense and taken for granted as other human rights are, so that it would be unthinkable to violate them."

- Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot



"Language is something like this. A hard studying of cells under a / microscope, / cells on their way to becoming other things: a person, a book, / a moon."

- Aracelis Girmay, The Black Maria (2016)


First Peoples Law is the new editor of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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.
I was incredibly honoured to present expert evidence this month at New Zealand's Waitangi Tribunal on Maori land rights and the Canadian law on Aboriginal title. What was scheduled as 1.5 hours turned into nearly 4 hours of testimony, including 2 hours of cross-examination.
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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.