This week's edition includes UNDRIP, Treaty rights, consultation, access to justice, language revitalization, #ShutDownCanada and more.
IN THE NEWS
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
“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
OFF THE BOOKSHELF
“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.
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.
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.