Posted ~ March 31, 2014

Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada 2014 SCTC 3 – Case Summary

In this decision the Specific Claims Tribunal found that the Williams Lake Indian Band was wrongfully dispossessed of its village lands in Williams Lake in the 19th century, and that Canada was accountable for the Colony’s failure to protect the Band’s village lands from settlers. The Band had brought the claim under s. 14(1)(b) and […]

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Posted ~ January 22, 2014

Moulton Contracting Ltd v. British Columbia, 2013 BCSC 2348 – Case Summary

On December 23, 2013, the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) released its decision in the Moulton Contracting Ltd. (“Moulton”) case.  The case arose as a result of a blockade erected within Treaty 8 territory by members of the Behn family who are members of Fort Nelson First Nation (“FNFN”).  The blockade prevented Moulton from accessing […]

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Posted ~ January 3, 2014

Pacific Booker Minerals Ltd. v. British Columbia (Minister of the Environment), 2013 BCSC 2258 – Case Summary

On December 9, 2013, the British Columbia Supreme Court released it’s reasons on the judicial review of the Minister of Environment’s (“the Minister”) decision to not issue a certificate, pursuant to the Environmental Assessment Act, S.B.C. 2002, c. 43 (the “Act”), to enable Pacific Booker Minerals Ltd. (“PBM”) to construct and operate a copper/gold and […]

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Posted ~ July 8, 2013

Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 BCCA 300 – Case Summary

The BC Court of Appeal (“BCCA”) recently issued a decision that affirmed the Nuu-chah-nulth’s Aboriginal rights to fish and sell fish and found that Canada’s regulatory regime infringed these rights.  This decision resolves nearly four years of appeals and essentially restores the 2009 decision of the trial judge, Madam Justice Garson (the BCCA did not […]

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