January 24 - 30, 2024

This week’s edition includes economic reconciliation, land protection, policing, land back and more.



Celebration and ceremony topped Nunavut headlines  


'We didn't want it to feel like a political event': Nunavut's devolution ceremony was a celebration | CBC News  


BC news included the labour market, consultation on the Land Act and land back   


B.C. First Nations upset after closure of Fraser Lake sawmill | Vancouver is Awesome 

BC Government Consulting on New Law to Give Indigenous Groups Control over Crown Land Decisions | McMillan 

Snuneymuxw land agreement will see 80 hectares returned as reserve land | Chek News


Harm reduction policy was top of the news in Saskatchewan  


FSIN concerned about Government’s reduction changes | 620 CKRM   


Manitoba news featured a call for equity and accountability  


Indigenous leaders demand better accommodations for those travelling to Winnipeg for medical care | CTV News Winnipeg 


Clean drinking water, community health, mining and access to information were in the Ontario spotlight  


Attawapiskat member files UN human rights complaint over decades-long struggle for clean drinking water | IndigiNews 

First Nations enhancing their response to illegal drug and alcohol crisis | The Daily Press 

Ontario First Nations want a year-long pause on mining claims. Will the Ford government listen? | The Narwhal 

Ontario permanently waiving fees for Indigenous people to access certain records | Durham Region 


Quebec and East Coast news included legal action, nuclear waste, economic reconciliation and regional development   


Kahnawà:ke files lawsuit over Northvolt battery plant | CityNews Montreal 

Kebaowek First Nation calls on federal government to intervene in nuclear waste project | CBC News 

Failure to Respect the Rights of First Nations: The AFNQL Denounces the CNSC's Decision and Calls for the Cancellation of the Chalk River Nuclear Waste Management Project | Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador 

First Nations Finance Authority surpasses $2 billion milestone | Windspeaker.com 

Flipping Indigenous regional development in Newfoundland upside-down: lessons from Australia | The Conversation 


Land protection, access to adequate health care and policing topped national news    


Removing Roadblocks for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas | The Tyee 

First Nations leaders hold emergency meeting in Ottawa on mental-health crisis | The Canadian Press 

RCMP collecting race-based data is a ‘double-edged sword,’ says Indigenous leader | Windspeaker.com 

Manitoba First Nation chief questions why RCMP didn't consult her on race-based data project | CBC News 


In case you missed it, check out Kate Gunn and Cody O’Neil’s blog post on the Montour decision and the possibility of a new judicial framework for recognizing Aboriginal rights.


Reframing Aboriginal Rights: R. c. Montour | First Peoples Law LLP   



The BC Supreme Court weighed in on a BC Human Rights Tribunal decision 


Vancouver Aboriginal child and Family Services Society v. R.R.,  2024 BCSC 97 (CanLII) 

Judge overturns landmark $150K human rights award for mother who claimed discrimination | CBC News 



We cannot forget ever, but we cannot be stuck.

Councillor William Yoachim, Snuneymuxw     



Divide and conquer, in our world, must become define and empower.

-  Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” from This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1983) 



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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.