January 10 - 16, 2024

This week’s edition includes Indigenous law, class actions, land defence, housing and more.



Jordan’s Principle and the Impact Assessment Act topped national news 


Canada's Impact Assessment Act must be both Constitutional and ensure a sustainable future | The Conversation 

Jordan's Principle not working for Indigenous kids says advocate | APTN News


Yukon headlines continued to feature consultation and mining   


First Nation 'encouraged' by Yukon court ruling on flawed consultations over mine project | CBC News


Indigenous law, the justice system, land defence and salmon were in BC headlines


T'sou-ke woman cites Indigenous rights in challenging obstruction charges | Times Colonist 

5 new Indigenous Justice Centres are expanding culturally safe support in B.C., premier says | CBC News 

B.C. Supreme Court convicts three Indigenous land defenders who opposed pipeline in Wet'suwet'en | IndigiNews 

First Nations are using artificial intelligence to help save salmon | The Narwhal 


Saskatchewan news included consultation and forestry 


First Nations communities in P.A. area fear forest management plan will destroy treaty territory | Northeast Now 


An annuities class action and MMIWG2S+ were front and centre in Manitoba 


Manitoba lawsuit claims feds breached Treaty 2 by keeping annuity payments 'frozen in time' at $5 | CBC News 

Manitoba names new special advisor on violence against women | APTN News 


Ontario news featured burial sites, nuclear waste disposal and a housing development milestone 


Province, First Nations communities working on next steps after remains discovered in Toronto | CityNews Toronto 

Radioactive waste site ‘shoved down our throats,’ critics say | Canada's National Observer* 

'This is not reconciliation': Algonquins disappointed by approval of Chalk River storage facility | Ottawa Citizen 

3 years after getting reserve status, a 'lost community' is taking shape at Caldwell First Nation | CBC News


Environmental stewardship and Treaty rights were top stories in Quebec  


MCK files application for judicial review on Ile aux Tourtes Bridge reconstruction | Penticton Herald 

Quebec appeals 'landmark' decision recognizing Kanien'kehá:ka treaty right to trade tobacco | CBC News 


The Innu Nation launched a class action for day school survivors on the East Coast   


Innu grand chief hopes day school class-action case will be settled out of court | CBC News  



The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on a Specific Claims Tribunal decision


Kahkewistahaw First Nation v. Canada (Crown-Indigenous Relations), 2024 FCA 8 (CanLII) 



As always, it is up to the First Nations people to uphold our place, to ensure genuine due process in Canada’s duty to consult obligations, and to continue our responsibility as stewards of the environment.

Ratsénhaienhs Ross Montour, Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke   



He sounded like a lot of the youth in our community, stuck between the past and the future. The true goal is finding enough of both to make your life worth living.

-  Drew Hayden Taylor, Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories (2016) 



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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, 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.