August 1-8, 2022

By Bruce McIvor and Cody O'Neil

This week’s edition includes governance, injunctions, land defence, language rights, specific claims and more.



UNDRIP and consent-based decision-making were back in BC news 



Yukon news included Indigenous law and land use planning 



Specific claims were in the spotlight in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia  



Child welfare and Charter rights were front and centre in Manitoba



Injunctions and language rights topped Nunavut news 



Ontario headlines included Indigenous rights and land back 



Harvesting rights returned to Quebec news 



In case you missed it, check out our colleague Kate Gunn’s latest blog post on the Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation litigation and its implications for Indigenous law and governance across the country 




Applications for this year's scholarship are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. We'll be announcing the winner on our website next month.

We look forward to carrying it on next year.



“The Doctrine of Discovery is a deadly weapon of colonization that was advanced by the Catholic Church and European monarchies to legitimize their ruthless and violent theft of stolen lands that have been occupied by Indigenous peoples since time immemorial and Canadian law continues to rely heavily on the Doctrine, which is now called ‘assumed Crown sovereignty.’” 

- Union of BC Indian Chiefs 



“I long out of loving, / and love out of longing; / that one day we might be free.”

- Greg Young-Ing, "Expression" in Gatherings (1991)

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Bruce McIvor's clear, plain answers to frequently asked questions about Indigenous rights.
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, 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.