August 16-22, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes fishing rights, hunting rights, consultation, child welfare, UNDRIP and more.



Fishing rights topped headlines across the country



Consultation was in the spotlight in Wolastoqey territory



Treaty rights were front and centre in Ontario and Manitoba



Elections and voting rights are before the courts in Alberta



BC news included UNDRIP, forestry, climate change and more



Indigenous jurisdiction and hunting rights returned to Yukon news




Bruce was recognized as one of British Columbia’s most influential business leaders on Business in Vancouver's top 500 list



The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on third party procedure in Kwikwetlem First Nation's Aboriginal title litigation



The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled on a request to receive Elder testimony by way of a sharing circle




“Our lands have been illegally occupied by British Columbia and Canada in their various forms since the time of the gold rush...It’s our duty and our responsibility to protect these lands — so that’s what we’re doing.”

- Nuskmata Jacinda Mack



“Our victory begins with the knowledge that we have survived.”

- George Manuel, The Fourth World (1974)

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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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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.