November 8-15, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Geneva Lloyd

This week’s edition includes education, land back, specific claims, climate change and more. 



Education, policing, land back and consent were front and centre up north 



Ontario and Quebec headlines included treaty rights and consultation 



Specific claims, Indigenous governance and treaty rights topped national news 



BC news featured co-management, land protection and a call for Indigenous representation 



A groundbreaking agreement, self-governance and land back were in the spotlight on the east coast 



Saskatchewan headlines once again featured policing and duty to consult 



Impact assessments and climate change returned to Alberta headlines ahead of COP27 



My colleague Kate Gunn was interviewed by the Canadian Bar Association about jurisdiction and the Supreme Court of Canada 





In 10 years time, we hope that we would have erased the colonial lines, those imaginary lines that divide us.

Chief Darlene Bernard,  Lennox Island First Nations 



They change the name and treat us the same. 

– John Trudell 



In case you missed it, check out my latest instalment of Indigenous Rights in One Minute: “What is the Basis for Métis Rights Protected Under the Constitution? “ 


We are excited to announce Westaway Law Group joined First Peoples Law LLP on October 1, 2022. The newly expanded First Peoples Law LLP creates a national boutique firm specializing in Indigenous rights and working exclusively for First Nation clients.
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First Peoples Law LLP 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 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.