May 24-30, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes land claims, logging, Treaty rights, cross-border rights, policing, UNDRIP and more.



Salmon runs, logging and land management were all back in BC headlines



Land claims, Treaty rights and bylaw enforcement were front and centre in Manitoba and Ontario



Land defence is ongoing at Kanehsatà:ke



Policing and healthcare remain in the spotlight in Quebec



Mi’kmaq continue to defend their Treaty rights on and off the water



Canada’s proposed UNDRIP law is headed to the Senate




In case you missed it, check out Bruce’s new essay on the Supreme Court’s recent Desautel decision



The Federal Court of Appeal weighed in on two election matters




“We call upon Canada, and all of those who call yourselves Canadians, to witness and recognize the truth of our collective history. This is the reality of the genocide that was, and is, inflicted upon us as Indigenous peoples by the colonial state. Today we honour the lives of those children, and hold prayers that they, and their families, may finally be at peace.”

- Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, UBCIC President



“We conjure new words by understanding our different and common pasts. We cannot resolve this past unless we can come to the silver streak between riverbank and sand without quarreling.”

- Lee Maracle, Memory Serves (2015)


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.
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 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 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. 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.