Oct 19-25, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes injunctions, Indigenous food sovereignty, climate change, colonial policing, environmental racism, cross-border rights, #1492LandBackLane, #SipeknekatikStrong and more.



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their inherent and Treaty rights on the land and water



Commercial fishing rights were also front and centre in Ontario



Land defence continues at #1492LandBackLane



The water crisis continues in Neskantaga First Nation



Saugeen Ojibway Nation’s Aboriginal title trial is nearing completion 



COVID-19 and the duty to consult continue to top Manitoba headlines



Indigenous jurisdiction and voting rights were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan



First Nations policing is at the centre of proposed changes to Alberta’s Police Act



Lastly, Indigenous food sovereignty and climate change returned to national headlines 




“We’ve been here first, we’ll be here last, and I can guarantee you Sipekne’katik is not going anywhere, we’re here to stay.”

- Levi Paul Sr., Sipekne’katik First Nation



“...a man’s virtue may be but the defect of his desire, as his crime may be but a function of his virtue.”

- Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men (1946)

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.
It was a real honour to join my friends and colleagues Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Val Napoleon this week for a webinar on "Allyship" as part of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada's ongoing commitment to legal education.
It was also great to see how many people across northern Ontario tuned in for a webinar on environmental racism I co-presented with Councillor Mary Laronde, Teme-Augama Anishinabai.
My colleague Kate Gunn and I recently had the honour of representing the Indigenous Bar Association on their intervention in the Desautel appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Check out my blog post on our submissions, including a video recording.
On October 28th, I'll be presenting on the duty to consult and UNDRIP at the PBLI's conference on recent developments in Aboriginal and Indigenous law.
Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
In case you missed it, meet the recipient of our 2020 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
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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.