First Peoples Law is dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous peoples' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.

Aboriginal Law Report

May 6, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: pipelines, AFN meetings, our first Bonehead Award and Photo of the Week, introducing our summer 2018 student, our first free workshop of 2018, a talk on how to stop Kinder Morgan and much more.
In the News

In British Columbia, there is gong to be a revote on a once rejected treaty.

Here's more on an Alberta First Nation's advanced-cost application.

Alberta continues to pursue its Indigenous mapping project.

First Nation concerns about fish-farm regulation were confirmed by an independent watchdog.

A British Columbia First Nation is working to protect its territory from a possible tanker spill.

The pipeline debate goes on, and on, and on.

Pressure grows on the Pope.

Lots to talk about in Gatineau this week at the AFN special assembly.

A new book evaluates the decision to proceed with the Site C dam.

Uncertainty and disagreement in the Yukon over the review of a proposed mine.

A revenue-sharing deal was signed in Ontario.

Land claim negotiations continue in the Northwest Territories.

A pipeline across northern British Columbia is still being planned.

Uncertainty is swirling around proposed marijuana legislation.

Bonehead Award of the Week

This really is unbelievable.

From the Courts

A Saskatchewan man's hunting conviction appeal was successful.

A Quebec First Nation's membership law was found to be contrary to the Charter of Rights.

Photo of the Week

On a flight from Toronto to Ottawa this week I gave a copy of my book to Senator Lynn Beyak.


Get Your Own Copy

The new edition of my collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization is available as a free download. Paperback copies are also available to order. Click here to check it out.

I also have paperback copies available for free to non-profit Indigenous organizations in Canada for the cost of shipping.  if you would like some copies.

Our 2018 Summer Student

First Peoples Law is honoured to help develop and promote the next generation of Indigenous lawyers. Join us in welcoming Kateri Koster as our 2018 summer law student.


Kateri recently completed her second year of studies at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law located in Kamloops, B.C. She is Secwepemc from Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation in Dog Creek, in the interior of B.C. Growing up in the community and camping and fishing throughout Stswecem’c Xgat’tem territory helped foster Kateri's sense of community and relationship with the land. Before starting law school Kateri was part of Stswecem’c Xgat’tem’s Stewardship Department which works to protect the territory and advance Secwepemc Aboriginal title and rights. Last year she was a summer law student at the First Nations Tax Commission.

Free Workshop in Whitehorse

We're kicking off our new series of free workshops for Indigenous Peoples on current issues in Aboriginal law with a session in Whitehorse on June 6th.


Topics to be discussed include the latest duty to consult cases, the federal government's Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, the future of the federal comprehensive claims process and much more.

I'll be leading the workshop which will run from 10 am to 4 pm at beautiful Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. It will include lunch and free copies of my new collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization.

The workshop is intended to be small and interactive, so seating is limited. Please to register and for more information.

How to Stop Kinder Morgan

Finally, next Sunday, May 20th at 12:30 pm I'll giving a public talk on Aboriginal rights and large-scale resource development at the Vancouver Unitarian Church at 949 West 49th Avenue. Everyone is welcomed. Copies of my books will be available for purchase by donation with proceeds going to charity.

Bruce McIvor, lawyer and historian, is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation.  Download Bruce's bio.

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