Nov 2-8, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, election codes, the Indian Act, Indigenous courts, land management, caribou and more.



For an update on Treaty rights in Mi'kma'ki and across the country, check out "Treaty Implementation: The Crown’s Ongoing Failure" by First Peoples Law's Kate Gunn



In Quebec, systemic racism and health care were back in the spotlight 



COVID-19 and child welfare continue to top Manitoba headlines



In Alberta, caribou conservation and the Indian Act were front and centre



Land defence, Indigenous courts and the Trans Mountain expansion project were hot topics in BC



Yukon and NWT news included UNDRIP, election codes, land management and climate change 




The Ontario Court of Appeal weighed in on access to justice for St. Anne’s Residential School survivors



Two major title and rights actions are before the BC Supreme Court




“We were told we would continue to live in accordance with our laws. That promise was broken. Being forced to adopt the ways of others was not what our ancestors intended when they entered into Treaty with the Queen.”

- Chief Dean Owen, Pikangikum First Nation



"To discount the legitimate governments of Indigenous peoples is to discount Canada's own legitimacy."

- Sharon Venne, "Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective" in Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada (1998)

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."
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.
Check out our latest e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada?
In case you missed it, meet the recipient of our 2020 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
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.