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

Aboriginal Law Report

September 30, 2018

By Bruce McIvor

In this week's update: mining, fish, pipelines moose, Indigenous laws, racism, residential school deniers and much more.
In the News

First Nations in BC are still waiting for meaningful mining reform.

There was an agreement on the moose-hunting debate in the British Columbia interior.

First Nations in British Columbia criticized the DFO for mis-managing the salmon fishery.

With the Quebec provincial election tomorrow, here's a different view on the sovereignty question.

The University of Victoria launched an Indigenous Legal Orders programme.

This piece points the finger at racism in Saskatchewan.

Talking about racism, here's another story from Alberta about education.

Talking about racism, halloween is just around the corner.

A new book looks in depth at Canada's pipeline debate.

This is a useful backgrounder on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The federal Conservatives outlined their ideas for resurrecting the Trans Mountain pipeline.

Two Alberta Chiefs called for a better approach to consultation.

This is an example of First Nations using water-license renewals to try to achieve meaningful changes to hydro-electric power regimes.

The Prime Minister is facing increasing pressure to fulfill his commitments to Indigenous Peoples.

The criticism levelled at Trudeau is news south of the border.

Here's more on residential school deniers.

From the Courts

An Alberta First Nation is waiting for a federal court decision on a reserve land dispute.

Quote of the Week

"Why doesn't the prime minister just say the truth and tell Indigenous Peoples that he doesn't give a fuck about their rights?"

Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash in Question Period

Rotten Tomato Award

Here's a classic example of a right-wing columnist pulling out all the stops to discredit and dismiss legitimate Indigenous concerns.

  • Christie Blatchford: This judge did everything right, his only sin is not being Indigenous

Workshop Update​

We had another great workshop last week in Thunder Bay with between 50 and 60 people in attendance. A huge thank you to the Nokiiwin Tribal Council for hosting and to everyone who came out and shared their passion for defending Indigenous rights.

I'm planning future workshops in Victoria, Saskatoon, Toronto and Montreal. Email us at for details.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

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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