Impacts of Tsilhqot’in Part IV: First Nations Consent for Development

As discussed in previous articles in this series, the Supreme Court of Canada’s Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia decision alters the legal landscape for development on proven Aboriginal title land: subject to a limited right of the government to infringe Aboriginal title where justified, Aboriginal groups have the exclusive right to decide how the land…

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Ocean Bound: First Nations Practice Group Goes Fishing

Recently our First Nations Economic Development practice group pushed the envelope on “casual Fridays”, heading out onto the open waters for a creative planning session a midst the bustle of this year’s sockeye salmon run.  Not expecting to catch anything, we were blown away by our luck: together we had seven bites, six fish and even…

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Kanaka Bar Indian Band’s Economic Infusion Through Clean Energy

Congratulations to our client, the Kanaka Bar Indian Band, for the recent publication of the story of their renewable energy project on the BC Aboriginal Business & Investment Council website. We have been working with Kanaka since 2010 on the Kwoiek Creek Hydroelectric Project, a 49.9 MW run-of-river power facility located on Kanaka’s reserve land.…

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New Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act

Many non-profit organizations are not aware of the crucial requirement to transition under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act before October 17th, 2014. Some of these crucial steps include: Reviewing the corporation’s by-laws; Drafting Articles of Continuance; and Having the Articles of Continuance approved by members. If you have not already transitioned, the legal team at…

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Impacts of Tsilhqot’in Part I: A Basic Guide to the Decision

This is the first in a series of seven articles on the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision on Aboriginal title and its expected impacts. This article provides an overview of the key elements of the decision and poses the six key questions that we will answer in the coming weeks as part of this…

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Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia 2014: Our Analysis

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its reasons in Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia. The decision represents the first time that an Aboriginal group has proven Aboriginal title over a significant land base in Canada. However, it is also a landmark decision for other reasons: the Supreme Court has clarified the…

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CASL Anti-Spam Legislation in Force July 1, 2014

What is CASL? “Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation” (CASL) is a new Canadian law that comes into effect on July 1, 2014. What is a CEM? Among other things, CASL will apply to any commercial electronic message (CEM), which is an electronic message that encourages participation in a commercial activity, regardless of whether there is an expectation…

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