Dec 14-20, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, Treaties, consultation, self-determination, fish farms, grizzly bears and more.



BC headlines included man camps, fish farms and grizzly bears



    A protocol agreement was signed in Treaty 6 territory



    Consultation, COVID-19 and self-determination topped NWT news



    The Ring of Fire returned to Ontario headlines



    Systemic racism remains in the spotlight in Quebec



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



    UNDRIP was a hot topic across the country. Here are my own thoughts: A Cold Rain Falls: Canada’s Proposed UNDRIP Legislation by Bruce McIvor




    "What I've said is that we will never achieve reconciliation when one side to the dialogue sees it as an act of benevolence and one side sees it as a recognition of rights.”

    - Sen. Murray Sinclair



    "To a man possessed of the higher imaginative powers, the objection to legal studies is the amount of detail which they involve."

    - Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)


    SEE YOU IN 2021!

    This is our last Aboriginal Law Report of 2020. We’ll be back on January 10. Until then, check us out on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn December 26-31 for our “Year in Review” of Indigenous rights.

    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.
    Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
    Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada?
    Check out our latest e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
    My colleague Kate Gunn and I recently had the honour of representing the Indigenous Bar Association on their intervention in the Desautel appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Check out my blog post on our submissions, including a video recording.
    Your weekly news update from First Peoples Law.
    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. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. 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.