First Peoples Law is dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous peoples' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.
  • Bruce is a strategic thinker and always on his toes when it comes to the protection of our rights and title. He has the experience and knowledge and his heart is in the right place.

    – Chief Hank Adam, Stswecemc/Xgat'tem First Nation

  • ...where others have made assumptions, Bruce listens.  Where others have seen complications, Bruce has seen potential solutions.

    Chief Erwin Redsky, Shoal Lake #40 First Nation

  • Bruce is a driving force behind having First Nation rights advanced, recognized, and respected.

    – Don Morrison, MBA, Resource Development Advisor, Bimose Tribal Council Inc.

     

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    Bruce has a very unique approach speaking to Aboriginal legal/ constitutional matters that are often shied away from by others.

    David de Wit, Natural Resources Manager, Office of the Wet'suwet'en

  • Truly a thought-provoking session.

    Elissa Green, B.Eng, EIT Project Manager

     

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    Bruce’s academic and legal training places him at the forefront of the legal profession.

    Alan Grove, Legal Historian, Victoria, B.C.

Testimonials


Legal Services

The first time I met Bruce, I knew that he would be the right guy that would help Elsipogtog file for Aboriginal Title for the Sikniktuk district (southeastern portion of NB) of the Mi’kmaq territory. I always believed that we owned the land and that we should have a right to say what is developed in our territory. Since then, Elsipogtog signed an MOU with Canada to talk about what Aboriginal Title means to us and how we can implement those ideas. Also, Bruce has helped Kopit Lodge (grassroots organization) gain the confidence to become Elsipogtog’s consultation body for the province’s constitutional obligation to consult with Aboriginal people.

Serena Francis, Board Member and Elder of Kopit Lodge, Elsipogtog Nation, New Brunswick


Our community’s challenges are stubborn and complicated so we’ve got lots and lots of experience with all kinds of lawyers. But, where others have made assumptions, Bruce listens. Where others have seen complications, Bruce has seen potential solutions. Bruce’s knowledge and perspective are absolutely essential to the successes of our community-based strategy team--and he’s willing to get out on the land too.

Chief Erwin Redsky, Shoal Lake #40 First Nation, Manitoba


Bruce McIvor has represented the Whispering Pines Clinton Indian Band many times and we are very happy with his service to us and our community. We have found his expertise, competence, knowledge and tenacity valuable to our interests.

This became evident when dealing with Canada on our Specific Claims, then again with BC Hydro and most recently on impacts benefit agreements with private corporations. Bruce is always cognizant of our Aboriginal Title and Rights and works to find away to strengthen and protect them.

Our confidence level with Bruce is very high...on reserve or off...he has a thorough, balanced approach. His legal opinions serve our interests in protecting Aboriginal Title and Rights and serve to support our economic development and impact benefit agreements which are so important to our youth and communities. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any of our colleagues for he has balance and values.

Chief Michael LeBourdais, Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band, British Columbia


I have worked with Dr. McIvor on several duty to consult files and in IBA negotiations. He is both an effective leader and team member. His experience and expertise in this area is second to none. Bruce is a driving force behind having First Nation rights advanced, recognized, and respected.

Don Morrison, Resource Development Advisor, Bimose Tribal Council Inc., Ontario


Many law firms know the current law. What makes Bruce McIvor and his team at First Peoples Law a law firm of choice is their ability to understand and see what changes need to happen to effectively and rightly represent Indigenous people. Our responsibility is to effect change and this is what First Peoples Law will help you do.

Roni-Sue Moran, Director, Industry & Government Relations Corporation, Fort McMurray #468 First Nation, Alberta


Bruce was a key part of the Mandell Pinder legal team for the Okanagan Nation Alliance Chiefs’ Executive Council. He advised on numerous files and his expertise in the subject matter of water protection and issues of energy generation helped to better inform our strategic and legal engagement. Water is sacred and his efforts here were crucial to our communities. Syilx people have Aboriginal title and rights to their lands and natural resources, including water. Governments and industry infringe on those rights daily. Bruce’s counsel made it possible for us to engage as Indigenous Peoples with the province of BC and BC Hydro in a more meaningful way with strategic use of the Courts when necessary. Bruce is an astute lawyer on Aboriginal title and rights and is widely known both locally and nationally for his strong efforts in assisting First Nations to protect their rights and interests while pursuing their causes.

Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, British Columbia


Bruce has helped us with our duty to consult work on mining, forestry, pipelines and hydro. He’s also represented us in court. Bruce always treats us with respect and we really enjoy working with him. The legal issues we deal with to protect our Treaty rights can become very stressful at times, but Bruce is always ready to laugh with us to relieve the tension. We really appreciate his hard work on our behalf.

Chief Leslie Cameron, Wabauskang First Nation, Ontario


Bruce McIvor is very diligent in his practice as a representative for Stswecemc/Xgat’tem (formerly Canoe Creek Indian Band) on very important issues we are faced with such as Taseko’s Prosperity Mine Project and Specific Claims. Bruce is a strategic thinker and always on his toes when it comes to the protection of our rights and title. He has the experience and knowledge and his heart is in the right place. Stswecemc/Xgat’tem is pleased to support Bruce and we recommend his service to any First Nation who may be seeking representation and expertise in First Nations issues.

Chief Hank Adam, Stswecemc/Xgat’tem First Nation, British Columbia


I would recommend Bruce and his firm to any Indigenous Leaders who are looking to have their voices heard with their own pure messaging while having the most professional legal back up.

Chief James Hobart, Spuzzum First Nation, British Columbia


Public Speaking

I have had the privilege to participate in one of Mr. McIvor's presentations on Negotiations and the Duty To Consult.  Bruce provides the participant with a tremendous amount of information that is easy to learn and understand.  His appreciation and knowledge of issues that affect First Nations in every province and territory is outstanding. Bruce's heart is in the right place and he expects government to do the right thing in all the cases he undertakes.

Louie Napish, Senior Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources


Bruce has a very unique approach speaking to Aboriginal legal/ constitutional matters that are often shied away from by others.  His presentation in the Smithers Interface Conference was well received by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal attendees, which was essential in framing the dialogue regarding authorities on the land.

David de Wit, Natural Resources Manager, Office of the Wet'suwet'en


In 2010, I organized a Conference on Planning for the Crown-Settlement Interface Lands, held in Smithers, British Columbia.  Dr. Bruce Stadfeld McIvor was the speaker I invited to lead off after the representative for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en gave visitors a welcome and placed the conference in the context of his First Nation.  Bruce spoke on Aboriginal law, and he did so with such force of personality that he simply swept the audience off its feet.  In a sense he set the tone for the entire conference, since everyone in the very mixed group who heard him was buoyed to the end by his good humour, his enthusiasm, and his energy.

Raymond Chipeniuk, Ph.D. (Regional Planning and Resource Development), MCIP, Smithers, B.C.


Dr. Bruce McIvor's talk on "Resource Development and Duty to Consult" was informative and a pleasure to listen to.  His extensive knowledge of Canadian history and Aboriginal Law is conveyed in a manner which explains the purpose for which Duty to Consult was developed.  His insight into the topic was informative and recommended for any audience. His ability to convey the current challenges faced in Canadian Aboriginal Law today is inspiring and suitable for any audience. Truly a thought-provoking session.

Elissa Green, B.Eng, EIT Project Manager


Research & Writing

Bruce McIvor is a rare talent, blessed with a prodigious capacity for research, a superb understanding of historical processes, and a creative and informed legal mind.  He approaches the practice of law with a strong commitment to social justice, a determination to serve his clients with integrity and a comprehensive understanding of the 'fit' between clients' interests and the framework established by Canadian and international law.  I have worked with Bruce for close to 30 years and never failed to be impressed with his work ethic, his investigative talent and his interest in Aboriginal and environmental issues.

Dr. Ken Coates, Professor of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan


For over 25 years, I have witnessed Dr. Bruce McIvor’s participation in the struggle to achieve social justice for aboriginal peoples. As an undergraduate in history he scoured archives throughout Canada to find evidence. Then, as an award winning graduate student, he wrote and presented numerous articles illustrating the methods Aboriginal people employed to defend their land and resources from settlers. Next he went to law school, articled and then worked as associate counsel at Mandell Pinder, one of Canada’s finest law firms. Now, Bruce has his own law firm – First Peoples Law. In my opinion, Bruce’s academic and legal training places him at the forefront of the legal profession.

Alan Grove, Legal Historian, Victoria, B.C.