December 14-20, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, child welfare, new court cases and more.



Ontario news included consultation, caribou and Aboriginal title 



Treaty rights were in the spotlight in Manitoba 



Indigenous jurisdiction and urban reserves were front and centre in Saskatchewan 



Treaty rights and sovereignty continue to top Alberta headlines 



UNDRIP and mining laws are before the courts in BC



National news included protected areas, child welfare and enfranchisement 




The BC Court of Appeal weighed in on Charter rights



The Ontario Superior Court issued an injunction regarding land defence at 1492 Land Back Lane 




In case you missed it, check out our latest podcast episode featuring 2022 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship recipient Casey Caines joining last year's winners Anita Cardinal-Stewart and Mary McPherson for a conversation on law school, working in community, decolonizing education and more. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.



“We are the original rights holders of this land. No policy or act is going to tell us different.” 

- Chief Okimaw Iskwew Margaret Bear, Ochapowace Nation 


SEE YOU IN 2023!

We’re taking the next two weeks off. You’ll get your next First Peoples Law Report on January 10th. Check out our social media channels from December 27-31 for our annual Indigenous Rights Year in Review Countdown!

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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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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.