March 1 - 7, 2023

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes land defence, consultation, class actions, human rights and more.



Land defence was in the spotlight on the west coast 



Ontario news featured mining and consultation 



Racism and legal action were front and centre in Alberta 



Forestry, consultation and Aboriginal title topped east coast headlines 



Treaties, class actions and human rights returned to national news 



In case you missed it, check out my blog post on the doctrine of discovery for the 200th anniversary of Johnson v. M'Intosh




The Nunavut Court of Justice weighed in on a certificate of pending litigation 




We’ve had it happen too many times in the past where government will come to us late in the game without adequate resources for full consultation. Here’s a few dollars for a table top. Let’s do something really quick that will address your claims. It doesn’t.

Chief George Ginnish, Natoaganeg First Nation 



I never understood how foreigners could come and tell us where to die and where to live. Where to be buried and how to breed. 

- Tanya Tagaq, Split Tooth (2018)


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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.