September 7 – September 12, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

We are saddened by the tragic events that unfolded in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Sask. Our condolences to all those affected by this loss.  

This week’s edition includes cumulative effects, consultation, court cases and more. 



Policing returned to headlines in light of tragic events in Saskatchewan



The Doctrine of Discovery was in the national spotlight once again



Ontario headlines featured Treaty and Métis rights 



Cumulative effects and Treaty rights are going to court in Alberta 



Consultation, forestry and salmon were front and centre in BC and Yukon 



East coast news included fishing rights and systemic racism 



Cross-border pipelines were back in national headlines 




Courts weighed in on membership and seizure provisions in the Indian Act.



My colleague Kate Gunn and I contributed to the Aboriginal rights litigation chapter in the BCCLE’s latest edition of Injunctions, now available here. 



I'll be releasing my next instalment of Indigenous Rights in One Minute this week. Sign up here to get it straight to your inbox. 



Kate and I are looking forward to co-teaching a seminar on the history and future of Aboriginal law starting today at UBC.



“With a change in Canada’s head of state, it’s time for a change in the Crown’s approach to Indigenous sovereignty.”

- First Nations Leadership Council



“Last year, Mindimooyenh had a job at the university advising the big shots on how to appear to change things without changing a single thing.” 

- Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies (2020)



We’re taking next week off. You’ll get your next First Peoples Law Report on September 26, 2022. 

First Peoples Law is seeking additions to our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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First Peoples Law is the author of Annotated Aboriginal Law, previously 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.
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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.