Feb 1-7, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes harvesting rights, water rights, Treaty rights, consultation, coal mining, child welfare, healthcare and more.



Sipekne’katik First Nation is defending their Treaty rights in court



Harvesting rights were front and centre in Nunavut and the NWT



Consultation and forestry returned to Ontario headlines



Coal mining remains a hot topic in Alberta



Logging, water rights and systemic racism topped headlines in BC



First Nations continue to exercise their inherent jurisdiction in the face of COVID-19



Indigenous child welfare litigation is ongoing at the Federal Court



Land defence and pipelines are back in the spotlight on both sides of the colonial border




“We could not allow another year to pass without asserting our rights and supporting our community members as they endeavour to independently provide for their families.” 

- Chief Mike Sack, Sipekne’katik First Nation



"Not a lawyer that carries within him the debris of a poet." 

- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856)



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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. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. 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.