August 16-22, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes land rights, language rights, a historic Supreme Court appointment and more.



I'll be on a panel this morning on CBC's The Current to discuss the historic appointment of Michelle O'Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada  



Land rights topped BC headlines 



Indigenous jurisdiction was front and centre in Manitoba and Ontario 



Consultation and cumulative effects were hot topics in Alberta 



Language rights returned to Quebec headlines 



East coast news included colonial place names and consultation



In case you missed it, check out my latest Indigenous Rights in One Minute instalment on the Calder decision 




The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal weighed in on hunting rights and the Natural Resources Transfer Agreement 




“Reconciliation is not comfortable.” 

- President Johannes Lampe, Nunatsiavut Assembly 



"'Your talk,' I said, 'is surely the handiwork of wisdom because not one word of it do I understand.'"

- Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman (1967)

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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.
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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, is a Fulbright Scholar and author of Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.