February 28 - March 5, 2024

This week’s edition includes fishing, Treaty rights, child welfare, health care and more.



National news featured procurement, environmental protection and discriminatory medical treatment


Formation of new procurement organization may muddy the waters for Indigenous businesses | Windspeaker 

The protection of wetlands is tied to Indigenous and human rights | Rabble 

Indigenous people sue over alleged Canadian secret medical experiment | Canada | The Guardian 

Bill to make forced and coerced sterilization a criminal offence before Senate committee | CBC News


Fishing was back in the news in the East Coast   


First Nations want to lead baby eel fishery threatened with closure | Yahoo 


Ontario news included treaty negotiations, consultation, Métis rights and child welfare   


Court judgment gives Canada, Ontario 60 days to pay out $10B treaty settlement | Sault Ste. Marie News 

First Nations leaders continue to oppose Ontario nuclear waste burial projects | CBC News 

Algonquins of Ontario organization removes nearly 2,000 members after ancestry disputes | CBC News 

Demanding a proper say, Cat Lake First Nation's injunction pauses First Mining Gold's road work for project | CBC News 

The Métis conservation grant making First Nations furious | The Narwhal 

No home. No options: Ontario Indigenous kids ‘damaged’ by system sending them south | Global News


In Manitoba, the Environment Act, clean drinking water and health care were top headlines


Environment Act urgently needs an update | Winnipeg Free Press 

Training program aims for safe, sustainable drinking water for Interlake First Nations | Hamilton Spectator 

Health-care: new report makes suggestions to include Indigenous perspectives | CTV News


Language revitalization and national parks were in the spotlight in the Northwest Territories and Alberta


The N.W.T. has 11 official languages, yet service in Indigenous languages continues to be a struggle | CBC News 

History of Canada’s largest national park reveals exclusion of First Nations people and injustice | Penticton Herald


BC headlines included spill response, child welfare and fish farms  


Why Fraser River oil spill took nearly 3 months to start cleaning | The Narwhal 

Report finds deficient communication with First Nations during hazardous spills | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper 

Tsilhqot’in Nation aims for control of child and family services | The Williams Lake Tribune 

B.C. First Nations fear DFO rewriting fish farm transition | Business in Vancouver 

Heiltsuk Nation sues federal government over ban on herring spawn fishery | CBC News



The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on the Crown's fiduciary duty to protect Aboriginal rights 


Thomas v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., 2024 BCCA 62 

First Nations praise ruling 'forcing' Crown to protect interests | CBC News 



Children are innocent and deserve the world. Imagine the strength of this nation if we brought up children who did not need to heal.

Marilyn Charleyboy, Tsideldel First Nation     



My dad once told me it’s best to think of each story as a journey. Each sentence, even each word, is a step toward your destination, and you have to be careful where you step as a storyteller because the people are stepping after you.

-  Alicia Elliott, And Then She Fell (2023)


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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, 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.