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Claimants of Aboriginal Title Over Private Lands Not Required to Notify Affected Landowners

In two decisions from September 2017, the British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) addressed the issue of whether to require a claimant for aboriginal title to serve formal notice on private registered owners of fee simple...more

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies when regulatory bodies may be relied on to fulfill the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal...

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As the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) explained in Haida and Carrier Sekani, it is open to legislatures to empower regulatory bodies to play a role in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples. Carrier Sekani...more

Making a constitutional case out of constructing pipelines

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In recent years, one of the most significant challenges faced by major pipeline projects has been the constitutional question of whether governments have satisfied their duty to consult Aboriginal groups as required by...more

Ontario Court Overturns Quarry Licence Due to Government Failure to Adequately Consult First Nations

The Ontario Divisional Court (Court) has set aside a quarry licence issued to a private company on the basis that the Ontario government failed to fulfil its constitutional obligation to consult with local First Nations...more

Canadian Government's Proposal to Reform Canada's Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Regime

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On June 29, 2017, the federal government released a discussion paper entitled "Environmental and Regulatory Reviews" ("Discussion Paper"), which proposes broad changes to the federal environmental assessment and regulatory...more

Health Alert (Australia) 19 June 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 9 June 2017 - Health Services Union v St John of God Health Care [2017] FWC 2981 - Alleged dispute arising under an enterprise...more

B.C. Court Denies First Nations Injunction Request to Stop Development Pending Resolution of Action

On May 31, 2017, the British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) in Yahey v. British Columbia (Yahey) denied a second injunction application by Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) to limit future development in certain portions...more

Health Alert (Australia) 5 June 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 May 2017 - Mrs Nicole Webb v The Trustee for SWC Unit Trust T/A Salisbury Day Surgery [2017] FWC 2573 - Application for relief from...more

Expert Panel’s Recommendations to Increase the Number, Cost and Timing of Federal Environmental Assessments

On April 5, 2017, the federal environmental assessment (EA) expert panel released its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada. The report recommends broadening the scope of assessments to...more

Beyond Borders: B.C. Court Rules U.S. Resident Has Aboriginal Right to Hunt in Canada

On March 27, 2017, in an unprecedented decision, the Provincial Court of British Columbia (Court) ruled in R. v. DeSautel (DeSautel) to recognize the aboriginal rights of a First Nation whose members reside in the United...more

Health Alert (Australia) March 27, 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 21 March 2017 - Hicks v Mater Misericordiae Ltd [2017] QSC 38 - The applicant brought proceedings against the respondents...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 27, 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 20 February 2017 - Renton v Bendigo Health Care Group [2017] FWC 921 -...more

Renewal road-maps—and rhetoric? Top ten developments of 2016 in Canadian Aboriginal law

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Opening against newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge of a “renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” 2016 was a year of great expectations for Canadian Aboriginal law....more

Federal Court of Appeal Says There is No Duty to Consult on Legislation

Does the Crown have a duty to consult when contemplating and introducing legislation that may adversely impact aboriginal rights? In its recent decision in Canada (Governor General in Council) v. Courtoreille, the Federal...more

The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall Term: the Internet Court?

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s Fall term, which began on October 3rd, could probably be labelled the “internet term”, with major cases involving both Google and Facebook. The Court will also be hearing a number of other cases...more

Federal Court of Appeal: Government Failed to Adequately Consult with First Nations on Northern Gateway

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On June 23, 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal delivered the Northern Gateway Project another procedural setback in its decision on Gitxaala Nation v Canada (2016 FCA 187). In a 2-to-1 split decision, the court overturned the...more

Alberta’s Metis Consultation Framework

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On April 4, 2016, the Government of Alberta (“GoA”) released The Government of Alberta’s Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management, 2015 (the “Policy”) as well as The Government of...more

Daniels v. Canada: Métis and non-status Indians fall under Parliament's legislative authority

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On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) rendered its decision in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12. The Plaintiffs (Appellants) in the case are the Congress of...more

“All Aboriginal Peoples”: SCC Rules Non-Status Indians and Métis are “Indians” under the Constitution

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Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous decision in Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12 declaring that non-status Indians and Métis are “Indians” under s 91(24) of the...more

Métis, Non-Status Indians Constitutionally Deemed “Indians”, Subject to Federal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) declared in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development) that Métis and non-status Indians are “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867, meaning they come...more

Alberta's Metis Consultation Policy

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Although formally approved by Cabinet in the fall of 2015, The Government of Alberta's Policy on Consultation with Metis Settlements on Land and Natural Resource Management (the Metis Settlements Consultation Policy) came...more

SCC Denial of Leave Allows First Nations to Pursue Claims Prior to Proving Aboriginal Title

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The Supreme Court of Canada recently denied applications for leave to appeal in Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., 2015 BCCA 154 (Saik’uz), and Iron Ore Company of Canada. v Uashaunnuat,...more

Alberta Court Strikes Out Pleadings Challenging Validity of Oil and Gas Permits

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A challenge to the validity of oil and gas permits outside the judicial review process is a collateral attack and will be struck, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench held recently in Ominayak v Penn West Petroleum Ltd, 2015...more

Can First Nations Claim Aboriginal Rights and Title as well as Treaty Rights?

Yes, said the Court of Appeal for British Columbia (Court) in its recent decision in Chartrand v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations). The Court found that the provincial Crown had not adequately...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 22, 2015

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgements: Victoria. Inquest Into the Death of Baby Chloe Lee Kellett - The Victorian Coroner investigated an infant's death from...more

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