Posted ~ June 22, 2018

Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v Canada (Attorney General) 2018 BCSC 633 – Case Summary

On April 19, 2018 the Honourable Madam Justice Humphries (“Humphries J.”) of the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) released her decision in Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v Canada (Attorney General), 2018 BCSC 633, ruling that the Ehattesaht, Mowachaht/Muchalaht, Hesquiaht, Ahousaht and Tla-o-qui-aht’s (the “Plaintiffs”) declared right to fish within their fishing territories and to […]

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Gamlaxyeltxw v British Columbia (Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) 2018 BCSC 440 – Case Summary

This case involves an issue that is being litigated for the first time in Canadian courts.  In the decision, Justice Sharma of the British Columbia Supreme Court was asked to address how to resolve a potential conflict between two constitutional duties: the Crown’s duty to an Aboriginal people with whom it has entered into a […]

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Posted ~ March 27, 2018

Conference on Understanding and Implementing UNDRIP, June 12-13, 2018

On June 12-13, 2018, Brenda Gaertner of Mandell Pinder LLP along with Geoff Plant, Q.C. will be co-chairing the Pacific Business & Law Institute’s conference on understanding and implementing the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Vancouver. The conference will bring together experts from  First Nations, government, industry, academia and the Indigenous legal […]

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Posted ~ February 7, 2018

Williams Lake Indian Band v Canada (AANDC), 2018 SCC 4 – Case Summary

On February 2, 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released its decision in Williams Lake Indian Band v Canada (AANDC), 2018 SCC 4, ruling the Williams Lake Indian Band (“Band”) was wrongfully displaced from its village lands, and restoring the decision of the Specific Claims Tribunal (“Tribunal”). The Tribunal had found that the Colony […]

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