Posted ~ March 8, 2016

Canada v Williams Lake Indian Band, 2016 FCA 63 – Case Summary

On February 29, 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal (“FCA”) released its decision in Canada’s application for judicial review of the decision of the Specific Claims Tribunal (“Tribunal”) in the Williams Lake Indian Band’s Village Site Claim.  The FCA set aside the Tribunal’s decision, substituted its own decision for that of the Tribunal, and dismissed […]

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Posted ~ January 27, 2016

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) 2016 CHRT 2 – Case Summary

On January 26, 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) handed down its long-awaited decision concerning Canada’s funding of child welfare services to First Nations.  The complaint, which was brought forward by the advocate Cindy Blackstock of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations (“AFN”), alleged that Canada […]

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Posted ~ January 25, 2016

Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment) 2016 BCSC 34 – Case Summary

On January 13, 2016, the British Columbia Supreme Court (“Court”) released its reasons in the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline (“Project”) case.¹  In her decision, Madam Justice Koenigsberg found that a portion of an Equivalency Agreement (“Agreement”)² entered into between the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (“EAO”) and the National Energy Board (“NEB”) was invalid to the […]

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Posted ~ November 13, 2015

The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v. Yukon 2015 YKCA 18 – Case Summary

On November 4, 2015, the Yukon Court of Appeal released its reasons in the Peel Watershed case which concerns the collaborative land use planning process set out in the modern treaties entered into with Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (and also affecting Gwich’in Tribal Council who participated as interveners).  Yukon […]

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