January 31 - February 6, 2024

This week’s edition includes consultation, conservation, human rights, mining and more.



National news featured calls for a national Indigenous fire strategy, policing, Métis rights and more  


Calls for accountability, national Indigenous fire strategy after fatal house fire in Peawanuck | CBC News 

National chief calls on Ottawa to resume policing talks after mass stabbing inquest | City News 

Métis National Council president airs frustrations after Liberal ministers meeting | CBC News 

This pristine Canadian river has legal personhood, a new approach to conserving nature | CBC Documentaries


Consultation across international boundaries topped news in the North   


Alaskan tribes seek standing in Eskay Creek mine review | Business in Vancouver 


Wildlife conservation was in the spotlight in BC   


This B.C. bighorn sheep herd’s fight for survival | The Narwhal   


Human rights topped headlines in Alberta    


Advocates Call for Police to Drop Charges Against Indigenous Reporter | The Tyee 


Fire protection and mitigation were front and centre in Saskatchewan   


Prince Albert Grand Council sounds alarm on wildfire season, urges early mitigation measures | CBC News


Manitoba news highlighted conservation and transportation  


How four Manitoba First Nations are protecting one of the world’s remaining wild watersheds | Canadian Geographic 

All season road needed in Manitoba say chiefs | APTN News 


Ontario headlines featured community services, mining and emergency management    


First Nations mull legal action, plan protests over Ontario's online mining claims system | CBC News 

Mushkegowuk investing millions to respond to illegal drug, alcohol crisis | Timmins News 

Kashechewan taking new path for evacuations | Timmins News 



The Alberta Court of Appeal weighed in on the honour of the Crown and the duty to negotiate 


Métis Nation of Alberta Association v Alberta (Indigenous Relations), 2024 ABCA 40


The BC Supreme Court dismissed an application from the Nisga’a Nation to be added as a defendant in Gitanyow’s Aboriginal title and rights action  


Malii v British Columbia, 2024 BCSC 85 



This land does not belong to us – we belong to the land.

Kúkpi7 Darrell Draney, Skeetchestn     



He sounded like a lot of the youth in our community, stuck between the past and the future. The true goal is finding enough of both to make your life worth living.

-  Drew Hayden Taylor, Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories (2016) 



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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.