Peter A Allard School of Law

Bruce McIvor

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Bruce McIvor is a partner at First Peoples Law LLP. His work includes both litigation and negotiation on behalf of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada. His collection of essays entitled Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to Fix It will be published in the fall of 2021 by Harbour Publishing. Bruce is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation.


358D.002 Topics in First Nations Law: Topics in First Nations Law: Historical and Contemporary Issues
This course applies to the Specialization in Aboriginal Law.

Students in this seminar will acquire an understanding of the legal history, critical contemporary issues and possible future direction of Aboriginal law in Canada. Topics will include: European legal doctrines during the early years of colonization, Treaties, Aboriginal title, the oppression of Indigenous governance and legal systems, Indigenous resistance, the constitutionalization of Aboriginal rights, the Supreme Courts of Lamer and McLachlin, and the relationship between Aboriginal and Indigenous law.

An important objective of this course is to critically reflect on the social, political and economic forces that have and continue to influence the development of Aboriginal law in Canada. You are encouraged to enter fully into this process of critical reflection, with the aim of generating a respectful conversation about the underlying forces behind the historical and future development of Aboriginal law

Bruce McIvor

Organization Affiliations

  • Indigenous Legal Studies

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