August 9-15, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes UNDRIP, Treaty rights, specific claims, cannabis, Indigenous jurisdiction and more.



Treaty rights returned to east coast news 



Ontario headlines included UNDRIP and nuclear waste 



Land rights were in the spotlight in Manitoba 



Specific claims and cannabis topped Saskatchewan news 



Indigenous jurisdiction and child welfare were hot topics in Alberta 



West coast news included fishing rights and protected areas



Harvesting rights were front and centre in Nunavut and the NWT 




The BC Supreme Court weighed in on UNDRIP and reconciliation in an intervenor application




I was honoured to have been invited to speak about Indigenous land rights and treaties at the Treaty 5 Summit at Lower Fort Garry last week. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and for sharing your stories and vision for the future.



“...our vision is of a continuing and renewed relationship between our people and our lands, intact and whole.”

- Simogyet Gwininitxw Yvonne Lattie 



"If I’m transformed by language, I am often / crouched in footnote or blazing in title. / Where in the body do I begin;"

- Layli Long Soldier, "Whereas Statements" in Whereas (2017)

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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.