Dec 13-19, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, trespass laws, land claims, language revitalization, calls to action and more.



West coast news included UNDRIP, land defence and logging



Treaty rights, trespass laws and buffalo were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan 



Land claims and child welfare were front and centre in Ontario 



Aboriginal title returned to east coast news 



Charter rights and land use were hot topics in the Yukon and NWT 



Calls to action and systemic racism were back in national news




"The children, which are our future, we want to ensure that we have something in place for them.”

- Chief George Cote, Cote First Nation



“How swiftly the strained honey of afternoon light flows into darkness...”

- Lisel Mueller, “In Passing” in Alive Together (1996)


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You’ll receive your next First Peoples Law Report on January 9th. Until then, keep an eye out for our “Indigenous Rights Year in Review” countdown on our social media from December 27th to 31st!

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.