May 10-16, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, racism, land claims, consultation, consent, logging, mining, hunting, fishing and more.



Treaty rights and racism took centre stage in Mi'kma'ki



Harvesting rights, Treaty annuities and environmental assessment are before the courts in Ontario



Hydropower, consultation and consent were front and centre in Manitoba



Land claims and water rights were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan



BC headlines included mining, logging, hunting and fishing



Mine remediation returned to NWT news



Lastly, pipelines and land defence continue on both sides of the colonial border




The Federal Court issued two governance decisions




Our colleague Angela D’Elia Decembrini spoke about the Marshall decision and Mi’kmaq fishing rights at the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy conference. Check out Angela's interview here.



“There is no honour of the Crown when it refuses to work with First Nations as equal partners and, instead commits ongoing cultural genocide by eroding our livelihood and the articles of Treaty."

- Chief Kent, Black River First Nation



“Canada formed from the cooling lava of European competition for land and resources.”

- Yellowhead Institute, Cash Back (2021)


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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.