June 12 - 18, 2024

This week’s edition includes Indigenous trailblazers, Métis rights, child welfare, land conservation and more.   



National stories included over-incarceration, data sovereignty, Indigenous trailblazers and human rights


Why are Indigenous people over-incarcerated in Canada? | TVO

Families should decide who has access to residential school records conference hears | APTN News

Blazing the trail: Indigenous legal firsts in Canadian history | CBC News

Human Rights Tribunal case continues for Two-Spirit person | APTN News

Result in sight for long-delayed water law | National Observer*


BC news featured Métis rights, fishing rights, pipelines and land conservation 


Concerns about assertion of Métis rights on the BC coast discussed at fisheries forum | Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper

North Coast FN takes DFO to court over proposed fishing restrictions | Vernon Morning Star

A ghost pipeline rears up in northern B.C. | National Observer*

Large new B.C. provincial park created with First Nations | The Narwhal


The resolution of a blockade and Indigenous heritage management were top stories in Alberta 


Following First Nation blockade, Woodland Cree and Obsidian Energy come to terms | CBC News

Alberta First Nation working to protect, gain more control over historical resources on lands | CBC News


The child welfare system and the Interlake flood channel project made headlines in Manitoba   


'Staggering' rate of First Nations newborns involved in Manitoba child welfare system: study | CBC News

First Nations leaders hope new report on effects of Interlake flood channel leads to review of project | CBC News

Indigenous leaders call for reset on flood project | Winnipeg Free Press


Ontario headlines included treaties, land rights and nuclear waste   


North America's 1st treaty agreements were recorded in wampum belts | CBC News

Municipality appealing $1.67M judgement in Sauble Beach boundary dispute with First Nation | CBC News

Tensions with First Nations threaten to delay nuclear waste facility | The Globe and Mail*

Indigenous legal trust backs NSDF challenge | North Renfrew Times


In Québec, language requirements were the top story


Indigenous students speak out about Bill 96 Cegep requirements | CBC News


On the East coast, fishing, racism, land conservation and cannabis made the news


DFO considers cuts to commercial elver quotas to boost First Nations access | CBC News

‘Nothing about us without us’: Mi’gmaq group still waiting for Indigenous-led inquiry into systemic racism | NB Media Co-op

South coast fjords could soon be protected marine area, Miawpukek First Nation says | CBC News

Nova Scotia judge rejects constitutional arguments for Indigenous cannabis shops | CityNews


In case you missed it, check out our new blog series, What We're Watching, featuring great books, podcasts, films and music by Indigenous writers and artists


What We're Watching: Summer Edition | First Peoples Law LLP



In two decisions, the Federal Court weighed in on the duty to consult.


We Wai Kai Nation v. Canada (Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard), 2024 FC 876 

As reported last week,Court rejects bid to review minister's order to B.C. salmon farms | CBC News 

Innu Nation Inc. v. Canada (Crown-Indigenous Relations), 2024 FC 896 

Innu Nation, NCC both claim victory after Federal Court ruling | ATPN News 


The Federal court also weighed in on Indigenous decision-making authority in the context of membership.


 Way v. Nunatsiavut Government, 2024 FC 886 



Applications for our 2025-2026 articling program are now open. We are seeking articling students for our Vancouver and Ottawa offices. Learn more and apply here. 



Any child is a gift, and I think that they need to find their roots, find their family, and look for their identity and who they belong to."

Sherry Gott, Manitoba advocate for children and youth



Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined."

- Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)



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