April 5-11, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes hunting, gaming, mining, logging, land protection, Treaty rights, Indigenous law and more.



Herring were front and centre in BC



Logging, mining and gaming were all hot topics in Alberta



The "Ring of Fire" returned to Ontario headlines



Moose hunting in Algonquin territory was back in the Quebec spotlight



Treaty rights continue to top headlines in Mi’kma’ki



NWT news included land protection during the pandemic



Canada is appealing a new court case about postponing elections amid COVID-19




The Federal Court weighed in on fish farm transfers



Ontario is appealing phase one and two of the Restoule case about Robinson Huron Treaty annuities




“We are on the cusp of a professional paradigm shift. The opening space for Indigenous law, and its accompanying ethical responsibilities, fills some with excitement, trepidation, and even discomfort. For many, this process involves relearning the nature of law and legal practice from the perspective of diverse and distinct Indigenous legal traditions.”

- Christina Gray and Jessica Asch



"Where pipelines and other projects are concerned, courts need to take account of the Indigenous laws that apply in those territories. Judges cannot rely simply on the common law and legislation while ignoring applicable Indigenous law."

- Kent McNeil, "Indigenous Law, the Common Law, and Pipelines" (2021)


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First Peoples Law 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 principal of First Peoples Law Corporation. 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.