August 9-15, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes fishing, forestry, consent, contamination, education, Treaty rights and more.



West coast news included fishing rights, forestry, Aboriginal title and more



Education and the Indian Act were in the spotlight in Alberta



Mine remediation returned to NWT news



Bruce presented at the Treaty 5 Summit in Cumberland House, Saskatchewan on Indigenous sovereignty along with Chief Derek Nepinak


Policing, specific claims and denialism topped Manitoba headlines



Consultation, contamination and healthcare were hot topics in Ontario



Consent, IBAs and Treaty rights were front and centre on the east coast




The New Brunswick Court of Appeal weighed in on harvesting rights




"We will not be brushed aside with meaningless statements of ‘commitments’ that have no substance. The Innu will fight for our rights as we have always done.” 

- Grand Chief Etienne Rich, Innu Nation



“We thought that maybe, if you watched how we lived, you might learn how to live in balance in this territory. The treaties that gave your family the right to occupy this territory were also an opportunity for you to learn how to live in this territory.”

- Harold Johnson, Two Families: Treaties and Government (2007)

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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.