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March 21, 2024

In Brief: Thomas v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., 2024 BCCA 62 (First Peoples Law Report)

Check out the latest post by Kate Gunn in our “In Brief” series featuring a concise summary and opinion on the recent BC Court of Appeal decision. I hope you find it informative and helpful. You can also read it on our website.  Best, Bruce In Brief: Thomas v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., 2024 BCCA 62What it’s about   The BC...

January 25, 2024

‘It was a transformational moment’; APC Fisheries Convention in Cape Breton marks 25 years since Marshall decision

NationTalk: Saltwire – MEMBERTOU, N.S. — The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs’ fisheries conference is underway at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Donald Marshall decision. The landmark ruling affirmed the treaty rights of First Nations for fishing, hunting and gathering in pursuit of a moderate livelihood. The...

December 15, 2023

The Crown promised riches to First Nations in Canada – over 150 years on, they could finally get billions

In northern Ontario, a dozen First Nations have been left struggling. A court’s attempt at compensation could see them getting up to C$126bn The Red Rock Indian Band is located 100km east of Thunder Bay Ontario. A court’s attempt to compensate the First Nations for unpaid rent could have far-reaching implications, both for the affected...

December 14, 2023


Looking to get informed about Indigenous rights? Check out my latest “Indigenous Rights in One Minute” instalment on the Sparrow decision. I hope you find it informative and helpful.  You can also read it on our website.Best, BruceWHY IS THE SPARROW DECISION IMPORTANT?The 1990 Sparrow decision is important because it was the Supreme Court’s first confirmation of an Aboriginal right under section 35...

October 29, 2023

Aboriginal Rights as a Tool of Colonialism: Part Four: First People’s Law Report

This week I’m sharing my thoughts on how Aboriginal rights have become a tool of colonialism and why. I’ve posted an essay each day leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is the final installment of the four-part essay which can be found on our website here.I hope you enjoy reading it.Best,Bruce Aboriginal Rights as a...

September 29, 2023

To move toward reconciliation, we need to engage in challenging conversations

Heather Menzies’s forthcoming book is Meeting My Treaty Kin: A Journey Toward Reconciliation. Contributed to the The Globe and Mail: HEATHER MENZIES When I asked myself what reconciliation requires of settler Canadians like me, I didn’t start with reconciliation itself, which seems more like the goal or end result. I started with rapprochement: beginning again. I...

September 28, 2023

Aboriginal Rights as a Tool of Colonialism: Part Three: First People’s Law Report

This week I’m sharing my thoughts on how Aboriginal rights have become a tool of colonialism and why in a series of four essays. I’ll be posting an essay each day leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. You can also read themon our website. I hope you enjoy reading them.Best,Bruce Aboriginal Rights as a Tool of Colonialism: Part ThreeBy Bruce McIvorYou can read...

September 22, 2023

Tahltan Nation Asserts Inherent Rights to Successfully Protect Culturally Sensitive Area from Proposed Mining Exploration

NationTalk: DEASE LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, September 21, 2023: Leaders from the Tahltan Central Government (“TCG”), Iskut Band, and Tahltan Band are acknowledging the results of a recent decision by the Province of British Columbia (the “Province”) to reject the issuance of a Mineral Exploration Permit for a proposed project located within a culturally significant area...

June 21, 2023

Driftpile Cree Nation affirms its inherent jurisdiction, passes Consultation & Accommodation Laws

First Peoples Law Report: CISION – EDMONTON, AB – Driftpile Cree Nation (“Driftpile”) is pleased to announce that the Chief and Council have unanimously agreed to enact the Consultation & Accommodation Laws (“Laws“). The Laws reflect Driftpile’s inherent jurisdiction to meaningfully influence development priorities and other decisions that affect Driftpile territory, which includes all of Treaty No. 8 territory....

February 2, 2023

The Alberta “Sovereignty” Act and Indigenous Jurisdiction

By Kate Gunn and Cody O’Neil In the final month of 2022, the Alberta government passed the so-called “Sovereignty” Act purporting to limit federal power and expand provincial jurisdiction within Alberta.  First Nations have already raised serious concerns that the Act will erode their treaty rights by concentrating legislative authority in the hands of the provincial government. The Act’s existence also...

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