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Applying the reasonableness standard to Indigenous consultation requirements

Assessing the implications of Coldwater v. Trans Mountain on major resource project approvals in Canada On February 4, 2020, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision in Coldwater v. Trans Mountain, 2020 FCA 34 (“Coldwater”), considering legal challenges to...

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Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns

Amyn Lalji is a contributing author to Intergenerational Equity: Environmental and Cultural Concerns (Brill 2019). From Editors Professor Thomas Cottier, Dr. Shaheeza Lalani and Clarence Siziba, the publication is a broad-based volume exploring the principle of intergenerational equity, from theoretical to the practical. Amyn is the...

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Sarah Hansen quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily article on BC Supreme Court ruling

The Lawyer's Daily, "Court must balance rules of evidence while recognizing Indigenous traditions, B.C. judge rules"

In a ruling being characterized as a first in Canada, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled an Indigenous elder can present evidence as part of a panel during depositions in a land claims case, which the First Nation’s counsel...

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Indigenous Laws and Perspectives in Environmental Assessments

Environmental Law & Aboriginal Law-Vancouver Joint Section Meeting, CBA (BC Branch)

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Supreme Court of Canada underlines the need for Diligence in the Negotiation and Implementation of Modern Treaties

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent judgment in First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun v Yukon, 2017 SCC 58 (Nach Nyak Dun), has outlined the appropriate role of the Court in resolving modern treaty disputes. The judgment indicates that the...

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Ktunaxa Case Summary

The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) 2017 SCC 54, last year on November 2. The decision clarifies that religious freedom does not include protection of the...

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First Nations Land Management – Project Development and Compliance with First Nations Laws

Since 1999, First Nation communities in Canada have had the opportunity to assume management and control of their reserve lands and resources from the Government of Canada. As a result, in addition to any applicable laws enacted by federal or...

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Supreme Court of Canada Provides Guidance on Regulatory Bodies Ability to Fulfill Duty to Consult

Overview On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) released the companion decisions of Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc.[1] (“Clyde River”) and Chippewas of the Thames First Nation v. Enbridge Pipelines Inc.[2] (“Chippewas”). The SCC in...

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Case Commentary: Gitxaala Nation v. Canada, 2016 FCA 187

Introduction The Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, which has been in the works since 2005, received a major setback on June 23 with the federal court of appeal’s judgment in Gitxaala Nation v. Canada. The court quashed Canada’s approval of the...

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Case Commentary: Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment), 2016 BCSC 34

On January 13, 2016, the Coastal First Nations, an alliance of eight First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii, received a favourable decision from the British Columbia Supreme Court in Coastal First Nations v. British...

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