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

    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

  • Bruce's extensive knowledge of Canadian history and Aboriginal law is conveyed in a manner which explains the purpose for which Duty to Consult was developed...Truly a thought-provoking session.

    Elissa Green, B.Eng, EIT Project Manager

Public Speaking

First Peoples Law is committed to public speaking as a tool for advancing Aboriginal peoples' interests through a better understanding of the legal and historical basis for Aboriginal rights in Canada.

We offer one day workshops to First Nations wanting to better understand the legal and historical basis for the duty to consult and accommodate.

We also offer workshops to First Nations on impact benefit agreement negotiations and getting the most out of environmental assessments.

While most of our public speaking engagements are before Aboriginal audiences, we also advocate for First Nations by speaking to non-Aboriginal audiences including industry, government, professional associations and non-profits.

Public Speaking Engagements


Bruce McIvor will be presenting at Insight's "15th Annual Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum," Vancouver, January 26-28, 2015.


On November 3 Bruce McIvor presented at Insight's Aboriginal Law 2014 conference on "Implications of the Tsilhqot'in and Grassy Narrows Decisions for Treaty First Nations," in Ottawa, November 3-4, 2014.

On October 8 Bruce McIvor presented at the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s “Tsilhqot'in Nation and Recognition of Aboriginal Title at the Supreme Court of Canada: Analysis & Impact Conference” in Vancouver on October 7 & 8, 2014.

On June 13, 2014 Bruce McIvor presented at the Affinity conference on “Major Business Agreements with First Nations: Impact Benefit and Related Agreements” in Vancouver.

On May 29, 2014 Bruce McIvor presented at the Pacific Business & Law Institute Aboriginal Law 2014 Conference in Vancouver.

On April 28, 2014 in Toronto Bruce McIvor presented on "Dealing with Indigenous Communities: Law and Best Practices" as part of the faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law.

On December 10, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented the yearly update on Aboriginal law at the 12th Annual Oil and Gas Forum in Edmonton.

On September 26, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented on "Current Issues in Aboriginal Law in Canada," as part of the European Commission's Thinking Canada program in Vancouver.

On September 25, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented on "Justice at Last: Specific Claims Action Plan--Five Year Review," at the Specific Claims 2013, Pacific Business & Law Institute Conference, Vancouver.

On September 10, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented on the "Honour of Crown and Business Development" at the  National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference.

In June 25, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented at the Aboriginal Economic Leadership Summit as part of a panel on "Best Practices--Acquisition/Repatriation of Crown and Lands by First Nations and Metis Communities."

Listen to Bruce McIvor being interviewed on Métis Coffee Talk on March 14, 2013 about the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Manitoba Métis Federation v. Canada.

In October, 2012 Bruce McIvor participated in a panel on Aboriginal Rights and Interests as part of the 4th Annual Symposium on Columbia River Governance held in Polson, Montana. The annual symposium is organized by the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance.

In March, 2012 Bruce McIvor was the featured seminar speaker at the Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ontario Engineers' Large Project Development and Management Seminar in Kenora, Ontario. After the seminar, Bruce was interviewed by the Kenora Daily Miner & News.

Bruce McIvor has presented at numerous conferences, including:

  • “Oral History and Aboriginal Rights Litigation,” Pacific Business and Law Institute Conference, 2010, Vancouver, B.C.
  • “Section 35 and Constitutional Inconsistencies,” Pacific Business & Law Institute,” 2009, Vancouver, B.C.

Contact Us

If you would like discuss scheduling a public speaking opportunity, please contact us:

Phone: 604-685-4240