Jan 25-31, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Aboriginal title, Treaty rights, water rights, urban reserves, birth alerts, UNDRIP, Indigenous languages, judicial diversity and more.



Mining was a hot topic across the country



Indigenous health and languages legislation were in the national spotlight



Aboriginal title, Treaty rights and judicial diversity topped BC headlines



Urban reserves are underway in Alberta



Birth alerts are about to end in Saskatchewan



Water rights are before the courts in Manitoba and Ontario



Consultation, UNDRIP and forest management were also front and centre in Ontario




The New Brunswick Court of Appeal weighed in on a longstanding legal challenge in Mi’kma’ki




First Peoples Law is excited to welcome Nico McKay to our team of lawyers dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous rights. Meet Nico on our website here.



“You can show Canada and the world that the only way to escape our colonial history of neglect and betrayal is to act boldly and honourably in the decisions that lie before us today.”

- Chief Roland Wilson, West Moberly First Nations



“Everything was fraught with meaning and at the same time meaningless.” 

- Ismail Kadare, A Girl in Exile (2009)



First Peoples Law is the new editor of Annotated Aboriginal Law, authored by legendary law professor Shin Imai for over two decades. The book includes hundreds of annotations of significant court decisions and federal legislation regarding Indigenous rights in Canada. We hope it continues to be a useful resource for Indigenous Peoples defending and advancing their rights across the country.
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.
Check out our 2020 Indigenous Rights Year in Review covering Treaty rights, Aboriginal title, Supreme Court cases and more.
Check out our latest podcast episode "Reclaiming the Law: Indigenous Law Students in Conversation."
Looking to learn more about Indigenous rights in Canada? Check out our readings lists, including a new multimedia list!
Check out our latest e-book Reconciliation on Trial: Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title and the Rule of Law.
Your weekly news update from First Peoples Law.
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.