November 22-28, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes land defence, Treaty rights, human rights, Indigenous jurisdiction and more.



Human rights and specific claims returned to national news 



Indigenous jurisdiction was front and centre in BC 



Buffalo were back in Alberta headlines 



Indigenous rights were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan 



Manitoba news included Treaty rights and the justice system



Land defence and consultation topped Ontario headlines 



Treaty rights were also featured in east coast news



It was an honour to co-chair the CLEBC Aboriginal law conference last week with my colleague Tumia Knott. Thanks to everyone for your great presentations on cutting-edge issues!



Cowichan Tribes’ Aboriginal title litigation is ongoing 




In case you missed it, check out my essay about Justice O’Bonsawin’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian Lawyer, available here. 



Reconciliation is our land, getting our land back...We’ve been here since time immemorial and we’re not going anywhere. We’re going to be here for time immemorial for generations to come. 

- Chief Morris Beardy, Fox Lake Cree Nation 



Sovereignty is fundamental to any discussion of European colonization and Indigenous rights in North America.

- Kent McNeil, "Indigenous and Crown Sovereignty in Canada" (2018)

We are excited to announce Westaway Law Group joined First Peoples Law LLP on October 1, 2022. The newly expanded First Peoples Law LLP creates a national boutique firm specializing in Indigenous rights and working exclusively for First Nation clients.
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.
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.
First Peoples Law is the author of Annotated Aboriginal Law, 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.
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.