March 27 – April 9, 2024

This week’s edition includes human rights, Jordan’s Principle, treaty rights, environmental protection and more.  



National news highlighted Indigenous data sovereignty, repatriation and Jordan’s Principle 


Why Indigenous people are fighting for data sovereignty | CBC Radio 

The Pope supports restitution of Indigenous items to Canada. So why haven’t they come home? | The Globe and Mail* 

First Nations leaders split on strategy amid Jordan's Principle hearing | CBC News 


Human rights, treaty rights and the Wolostoqey title case were top stories in the East Coast  


Province, Wolastoqey argue over striking portions of big title claim | Penticton Herald 

Canada: Indigenous fishermen left to walk shoeless after officers seized boots | The Guardian 

Cannabis is emerging as a new battleground over Mi'kmaw rights | CBC News 

N.S. First Nation councillor acquitted of cannabis charges | CBC News 


In Quebec, headlines featured treaty negotiations and the duty to consult  


Innu chiefs accuse Quebec of bad faith after delay on 'fundamentally important' treaty | CBC News 

Northvolt battery plant: Indigenous group files lawsuit against Quebec government | CTV News 


Ontario news included treaty annuities, Indigenous languages and co-governance  


$10B Robinson Huron Treaty settlement paid in full — and accruing $1.3M in daily interest | Elliot Lake News  

Ontario MPPs can now speak their own Indigenous languages at Queen's Park | CBC News 

Caldwell First Nation, Parks Canada to explore joint governance of Ojibway National Park | CBC News 


Clean drinking water, children in care, self-governance and Métis rights were front and centre in the Prairies 


Sask. First Nation a late addition to federal settlement over unsafe drinking water | CTV News 

Métis Nation of Alberta self-government deemed too broad: Court | APTN News 

A year after declaring state of emergency, 11 Manitoba First Nations start self-governance plans | CBC News 

Manitoba, Canada blame each other in off-reserve class action file | APTN News 

Manitoba OKs $530M settlement after judge found province improperly kept money from children in care | CBC News 


BC headlines included environmental protection, legislative changes, Aboriginal title, duty to consult and a specific claim settlement 


Why Locking In Logging Deferrals to Save BC Old Growth Is So Slow | The Tyee 

B.C. introduces bill for First Nations land acquisition | CTV News 

‘It’s all Haida land’: Nation’s title to be officially recognized over the entirety of Haida Gwaii | IndigiNews 

Consultation on mining not enough says B.C. court | APTN News 

Federal government reaches $7M settlement with B.C. First Nation ( 


Conservation, systemic racism in education and shared stewardship were the top stories in the North  


'Time for some action': Review to look at systemic racism in Yukon education | CBC News 

Agreement on Yukon River chinook salmon called essential, but some still have questions | CBC News 

Dehcho negotiations nearing a conclusion, leaders say | Yahoo news 



The Supreme Court of Canada weighed in on Indigenous jurisdiction and the Charter. Check out the SCC’s case summary and Kate Gunn’s backgrounder on the lower court rulings leading up to the decision.


Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, 2024 SCC 10 

Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation | Case in Brief |  Supreme Court of Canada 

Indigenous Jurisdiction and the Charter at the Supreme Court | Kate Gunn | First Peoples Law LLP 


The Federal Court issued a decision on the Métis Nation of Alberta's self-government agreement with Canada and the duty to consult


Metis Settlements General Council v. Canada (Crown-Indigenous Relations), 2024 FC 487

Métis Nation of Alberta self-government deemed too broad: Court | APTN News



Kate was interviewed about the work being done by First Nations across the country to revitalize and implement their laws on lands designated as national parks 


Parks Canada partnering with Indigenous groups to implement Indigenous systems of law, governance | Canadian Lawyer  


Bruce’s writing was featured in an analysis of the Robinson Huron Treaty case and the “honour of the Crown” 


Bruce McIvor: "Reconciliation has become a four-letter word" | Peter d'Errico 



Traditional knowledge and traditional law have all of the solutions for what's happening. You don't mess with the fish.

Chief Nicole Tom, Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation  




There’s rhythm happening, everywhere; all of us like instruments making our own music.

- Caleb Azumah Nelson, Small Worlds (2023) 


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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.