Oct 18 - 24, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Carlie Kane

This week’s edition includes environmental rights, place names, climate resilience, harvesting rights and more.  



National news included access to information, safe drinking water, climate resilience, economic development and jurisdiction 


The IAA went too far | CBA/ABC National

Delorme hopes to bridge the gap between government and witnesses for residential school records | Windspeaker

A brief timeline of the First Nations drinking-water crisis | TVO Today

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Formally Launches its Transformative National Climate Strategy | Assembly of First Nations

Senate Gives First Nations Gaming Bill a Second Reading | Casino Reports

First Nations climate strategy rooted in traditions | Pentiction Herald


Nunavut news featured fishing rights


Federal Court in Iqaluit to hear lawsuit over fishing license decision | Eye on the Arctic 


Indigenous identity, access to health care and consultation were front and centre on the east coast


'It's not working': Calls for better mental health support for N.S. First Nations communities | Global News

Allegations of Indigenous identity fraud could affect lawsuit by Native Council by Nova Scotia | APTN News

NB Update #1: Wolastoqey chiefs dispute govt claims on consultations & news and info | NB Media Co-Op


Burial sites and place names topped Manitoba news


First Nations leaders ask for Brandon campground to be expropriated | Prince Albert Daily Herald

First Nations leaders bristle at potential use of Shreyer in road name | Pentiction Herald


Human rights returned to Saskatchewan headlines


Pronoun bill opponents decry lack of consultation | Meadowlake Now


Systemic racism and harvesting rights were in the spotlight in Alberta news


Parks Canada signs agreement with First Nations, opens door to harvesting in Jasper | Calgary Herald

Alberta to address anti-Indigenous racism in provincial healthcare system | Windspeaker


BC news included pipelines, mines, owls and environmental rights


B.C. First Nations ask B.C. to review Copper Mountain mine extension | Vancouver Sun

Former B.C. mining exec fined $30K for environmental violations - but First Nation says damage costs far more | CBC News

Commission of CER recommends approval of Northeast B.C. Connector Project | Energetic City

UBCIC Calls on Canada and the Province to Take First Nations Lead in Northern Spotted Owl Protection | UBCIC





When they came to our community, we welcomed them with open arms and we taught them our culture, our language, our stories, our heritage. . . When we started to ask questions on ‘who are you? How are you related It to people in Odanak, how are you related to the Abenaki Nation?’ They had no answers.

- Jacques Watso, councillor for Odanak Band 





We go to the schools, and they leach the dreams from where our ancestors hid them, in the honeycombs of slushy marrow buried in our bones. And us? Well, we join our ancestors, hoping we left enough dreams behind for the next generation to stumble across.

- Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves (2017) 


First Peoples Law is pleased to announce the 2023 winner, finalist and honourable mentions of our Indigenous Law Student Scholarship. This year's $10,000 and $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Raven Richards and Sophia Sidarous, respectively. Congratulations to the honourable mentions Jaxxen Wiley, Mahève Rondeau and Tyler Ermineskin. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. We're looking forward to carrying it on next year.
First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
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Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about 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, 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.