February 8-14, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes Treaty rights, language rights, protected areas, court cases and more.



Health care and language rights returned to national news 



Protected areas and Aboriginal title were back in BC headlines 



Legal education remains in the spotlight in Alberta 



Manitoba news included Treaty rights and justice services 



Treaty rights were also front and centre in Ontario 




The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on the honour of the Crown



The Supreme Court of Canada heard the Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation appeal. Check out the webcast here and our colleague Kate Gunn’s backgrounder to learn more.




It is important that people understand the law, but it is equally important that the law understands our People.

- Chief Tony Alexis, Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation 



As soon as we leave our reserves to return to our land, government and industry take collateral colonial legal action in the form of the court injunction.

- Arthur Manuel, Reconciliation Manifesto (2017)

First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
First Peoples Law is the author of Indigenous Peoples and the Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary. Previously 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.
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.
We are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
Check out our podcast featuring conversations on the defence of Indigenous rights.
Your weekly news update on Indigenous rights from First Peoples Law.
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.