July 26 - Aug 1, 2021

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week's edition includes Aboriginal title, Treaty rights, water rights, court records, consultation, elections, food sovereignty and more.



Treaty rights, Aboriginal title and hydropower topped headlines on the east coast



Land rights were front and centre in Haudenosaunee territory



In Ontario and Manitoba, “mercury justice” and wildfires were in the spotlight 



Court records and consultation were hot topics in Saskatchewan and Alberta



BC news included Treaty rights, logging, healthcare and more



Human rights and elections returned to national news



Lastly, check out the new Land Back edition of Rooted from McGill's Indigenous Law Association, including a piece on Indigenous laws and Canadian courts by our colleague Kate Gunn




The Ontario Superior Court of Justice weighed in on Aboriginal title and Treaty rights in Anishinaabe territory




"We are striving to restore what colonialism has and continues to take from our territories and kitchen tables, but justice is not possible without the reparation and restitution of our territories."

- Nicole Davies, “Indigenous agriculture is a Land Back issue”



"The game of reconciliation is fixed." 

- Joshua Nichols, A Reconciliation Without Recollection?: An Investigation of the Foundations of Aboriginal Law in Canada (2020)



We're taking next week off. You'll get your next First Peoples Law Report Sunday, August 15th. See you then!

First Peoples Law is seeking a Director of Operations and Lawyer to join our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
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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, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.