Posted ~ February 22, 2017


Brown v. Canada (Attorney General) 2017 ONSC 251 – Case Summary

On February 14, 2017, Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released his summary judgment reasons in the Sixties Scoop class action initiated in Ontario. The class action brought on behalf of Sixties Scoop survivors alleged that Canada breached fiduciary and common law duties when it devolved its responsibility over Indian child welfare […]

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Posted ~ October 13, 2016


Descheneaux v. Canada, 2015 QCCS 3555 – Case Summary

This decision of the Quebec Superior Court considered the registration provisions of the Indian Act (the “Act”) that continue to unfairly discriminate against Indian¹ women and their descendants and limit their ability to pass on Indian status, as compared to Indian men and their descendants. On August 3, 2015, the Court in Descheneaux declared sections 6(1)(a), […]

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Posted ~ July 5, 2016


Gitxaala Nation v Canada, 2016 FCA 187 – Case Summary

On June 30, 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal (“FCA”) released its decision to overturn Canada’s approval of the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project (the “Project”). In the decision, the FCA agreed with what First Nations had been saying all along and found that Canada’s approval of the Project could not stand as Canada had failed […]

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Posted ~ June 1, 2016


Conference on Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands, September 20-21, 2016

On September 20-21, 2016, the Pacific Business & Law Institute will host a conference titled  “Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands“ in Vancouver.  The conference will assemble a number of experts in the field to offer insights and practical considerations, and to review the necessary legal processes to successfully develop a project.   Janelle Dwyer […]

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