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

Aboriginal Law Report

September 16, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

I'm back after an extended summer break, during which I've been busy holding free workshops for Indigenous people across the country including sessions in Dartmouth, Truro, Moncton, Winnipeg, Peguis, Regina, Williams Lake, Kamloops, Port Hardy and Vancouver. See below for more details and information on upcoming workshops.
In the News

In Ontario, a negotiated settlement was reached in the protracted Williams Treaties litigation.

The Justice for Our Stolen Children Camp in Regina is slowly coming down.

Whither the federal government's proposed rights recognition framework?

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's the overview of the proposed rights recognition framework released by the federal government this week.

I'm looking forward to getting a copy of this new Indigenous atlas.

The Manitoba Métis Federation continues its battle with the provincial government over a canceled deal with Manitoba Hydro.

First Nations across the country are looking for new revenue streams based on the legalization of cannabis.

What next for Trans Mountain pipeline?

Pam Palmater has cut through the hyperbole to summarize what the Federal Court of Appeal's decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline means.

A British Columbia municipality was heavily criticized by some residents for integrating aspects of an Indigenous land use plan into its draft official community plan. 

From the Courts

After a two-week hearing, Treaty 8 First Nations are waiting for a decision on their application for an injunction to halt work on the Site C dam.

The fight against fish farm continues in British Columbia.

The Desautel appeal regarding cross-border rights was heard by the B.C. Court of Appeal on September 12th.

Quote of the Week

"This is a title war and everyone needs to stand up for their own rights and their own title."

Sechelt resident on the community's official community plan

Stops of Interest

This instalment of my short videos on Aboriginal law is about two important duty to consult decisions from the BC Court of Appeal.

Workshop Update

So far this year I've done 11 free workshops for Indigenous people on current issues in Aboriginal law ranging from Whitehorse to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. They have all been wonderful experiences. Here's a pic from our Moncton workshop on August 15th.

My next workshop will be on September 25th in Thunder Bay and is being hosted by the Nokiiwin Tribal Council. Email us at for details.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

September 18th: I'm honoured to be joining a wonderful group of Indigenous lawyers, educators and leaders for the Competency for Lawyers CLE on September 17th & 18th in Vancouver. I'll be speaking on "Racism and Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession."

October 5th: I'll be at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa as part of a panel at the National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and Mining.

November 22rd: I'll be in Montreal at the ADR Institute of Canada's annual conference on a panel with a great group of Indigenous lawyers and leaders to speak on the issue of Indigenous jurisdiction and the Canadian constitution.

December 13th: Don Colborne and I will be presenting a session on the negotiation and mediation of specific claims at the PBLI's Specific Claims Conference in Vancouver.

Download My Book

The new edition of my collection of essays on Canadian law and decolonization is available as a free download. So far we've had close to 5000 downloads from around the world. 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.

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

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Beverly McEwan(9 months ago)
I would like to expend much appreciation for sharing your wealth of knowledge for First Peoples Law. I attended the Free work shop in Vancouver, and I took away such valuable information. One thing I want to learn about now is Capacity funding, and to continue to support Indigenous communities by acknowledging their determination!

Kleco Kleco,
All My Relations,
Beverly McEwan, Indigenous Women's Outreach Worker.

Bruce McIvor(9 months ago)
Thanks very much for your kind words, Beverley. I'm glad you found the workshop helpful. It was another great day of sharing and conversation.

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