Sept 20-26, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Treaty rights, injunctions, elections, gaming, wildfires, fish farms and more.



Treaty rights and injunctions returned to east coast news



Title and rights are before the courts in Ontario and Quebec 



Colonizer place names and forced sterilization were also in the spotlight 



Human rights and drinking water were back in Manitoba news 



Gaming was front and centre in Saskatchewan 



Wildfires and fish farms topped BC headlines




The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench dismissed an injunction application 



The Federal Court weighed in on an election dispute 




Congratulations to Anita Cardinal-Stewart and Mary McPherson, the 2021 recipients of First Peoples Law's Indigenous Law Student Scholarship! It is inspiring to see more and more powerful Indigenous voices joining the legal profession. Meet the winners and honourable mentions here. 





The RELAW team (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) at West Coast Environmental Law is currently welcoming expressions of interest from Indigenous individuals and nations in BC who would like to participate in their Indigenous Law Co-Learning Program.



“We’re being vilified and criminalized for doing something that our treaties allow us to do. We’ve been living up to our end of these treaties, but Canadian governments haven’t been living up to their end.”

- Matthew Cope, Millbrook First Nation



“Show us that the myth of this country can be replaced by truth, because, frankly, we have shown you enough. It’s your turn.”

- Jesse Wente, Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance (2021) 

Articling at First Peoples Law provides the unique opportunity to work with and learn from recognized leading lawyers and on behalf of inspiring clients across the country who are at the forefront of developing the law through the defence of their Indigenous rights. Application deadline: October 15, 2021.
Faced with a constant stream of news reports of standoffs and confrontations, Canada’s “reconciliation project” has obviously gone off the rails. In this series of concise and thoughtful essays, lawyer and historian Bruce McIvor explains why reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is failing and what needs to be done to fix it.
We are providing a list of resources for anyone looking to get informed about the truth of Residential Schools shared by Survivors across the country. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list. We would welcome any feedback or recommendations.
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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.