May 3-9, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Indigenous law, logging, archeology, elections, water rights, Treaty rights, the honour of the Crown, cannabis and more.



West coast headlines included Indigenous law, logging and private property



Treaty rights, consultation and jurisdiction were hot topics in Manitoba and Ontario



Also in Ontario, stage one appeal hearings in the Restoule litigation concluded



In Quebec, child welfare and education were in the spotlight 



All eyes remain on Mi’kma’ki



May 5th was Red Dress Day across the country



Water rights, elections and cannabis returned to national news




The Manitoba Court of Appeal weighed in on the honour of the Crown



The BC Supreme Court ordered the province and BC Hydro to produce Site C dam documents



The Federal Court issued another elections judgment



Lastly, the High Court of New Zealand weighed in on customary marine title in Aotearoa




"Before settlers came to this part of the world, the land, the country, there was a justice system already in place and laws that were practised, and used and had consequences. We need to go back to those roots and give them a chance to flourish."

- Chief Fobister, Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation



"The truth about stories is that that's all we are."

- Thomas King, The Truth About Stories (2003)


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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.