Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2020

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes UNDRIP, Treaty rights, consultation, access to justice, language revitalization, #ShutDownCanada and more.



Treaty rights continue to top headlines on the east coast. Check out this discussion of the Marshall decision, Mi'kmaq commercial fishing rights and policing featuring First Peoples Law's Angela D'Elia Decembrini



Uranium mining, Treaty rights and Aboriginal title are all hot topics in Quebec



COVID-19 remains front and centre in Manitoba



The Restoule litigation and the duty to consult were back in Ontario news



Also in Ontario, consultation continues amid a water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation



UNDRIP, Indigenous languages and access to justice returned to BC headlines



#ShutDownCanada demonstrations returned to Parliament Hill




Here is the latest injunction decision regarding 1492 Land Back Lane 



The Federal Court quashed a decision removing a First Nation Chief from elected office




“Our people need more land, we need more access to resources, we need to be able to govern ourselves. We need to have more just relationships with Canada and British Columbia, as nations not as oppressed citizens of Canada.”

- Chief Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton, Tsawout First Nation



“The exploitation of man and of nature, which takes place in the country, is realised and concentrated in the city.” 

- Raymond Williams, The Country and the City (1973)

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.
Alberta CBA members: check out my upcoming webinar next week on the future of the duty to consult.
My colleague Kate Gunn and I recently had the honour of representing the Indigenous Bar Association on their intervention in the Desautel appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada. Check out my blog post on our submissions, including a video recording.
Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
In case you missed it, meet the recipient of our 2020 Indigenous Law Student Scholarship.
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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.