July 12-19, 2020

By Bruce McIvor


This week's edition includes Treaty rights, land claims, birth alerts, banishment bylaws, a class action, our new podcast and more.


Treaty rights, consultation and environmental monitoring were front and centre in the Northwest Territories


A century-old land claim is before the Specific Claims Tribunal in Saskatchewan


In Manitoba, a class action is underway over First Nations’ access to safe drinking water



Birth alerts and banishment bylaws were in the Ontario spotlight



Nova Scotia news included Treaty rights, land claims and the “unconquered people” argument



First Nations continue to exercise their inherent jurisdiction in the face of COVID-19




South of the colonial border, the US Supreme Court weighed in on Treaty rights in Muscogee Creek territory




“We all know what platitudes are: it's phrasing that we put together in order to get us through a difficult conversation or to get us away from a difficult conversation. And that's been the practice in Canada for the better part of our existence.”

Senator Murray Sinclair



“... recently people had come to understand that forgetting was more difficult and complicated than remembering.”

Ismail Kadare, The Traitor’s Niche (1978)

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.
Check out our new podcast on the defence of Indigenous rights. In our first episode, my colleague Kate Gunn and I discuss our new e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet’suwet’en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
Check out our new e-book: Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
As part of our commitment to supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, First Peoples Law is offering a scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to an Indigenous law student currently enrolled at a Canadian law school with a demonstrated interest in serving and advancing the interests of Indigenous Peoples.
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada?
I’ll be joining a great lineup of speakers at the PBLI’s program "Developments in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law" on October 27-28, 2020.
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Bruce McIvor
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.