The extradition of Leonard Peltier, hunting and fishing rights, treaty negotiations, residential school claims, Delgamuukw: for over 30 years Peter Grant has been at the forefront of the legal struggle of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.
The extradition of Leonard Peltier, hunting and fishing rights, treaty negotiations, residential school claims, Delgamuukw: for over 30 years Peter Grant has been at the forefront of the legal struggle of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Residential School Agreement FAQs

Clear, easily understood answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Residential School Agreement. Click the image to download PDF.

 

Peter Grant is Representative
Peter Grant of Peter Grant & Associates is the representative for Independent Counsel on the National Administration Committee ("NAC").   The National Residential Schools Survivors Society ("NRSSS") are referring specific problems with respect to elderly or disabled persons to Peter Grant who is forwarding them to the NAC for urgent action.

Peter Grant & Associates are proud to be part of the Independent Counsel Group who has adopted the CBA Guidelines for how to address Residential School Claims.   Those Guidelines are provided in the detailed report on Indian Residential Schools.

CBA Guidelines [PDF]

 

 

 

Case Comment/Insight

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council The Supreme Court clarified the “triggers” for the duty to consult and affirmed that the duty arises when the Crown has actual or “constructive knowledge” where the Crown has reason to “reasonably suspect” that the lands have been traditionally occupied by an aboriginal community. Read the Case Commentary here [PDF]. More and Link to Decision here.

Wii'litswx Case Review Recognition as the basis for Reconciliation. Read the Case Review here [PDF].

Should We Take the Government to Court? The advantages, disadvantages & strategies of using litigation when considering whether to take a government to court on decisions potentially affecting aboriginal and treaty rights. Read the Speaking Notes[PDF]

 

Open Net Cage Aquaculture on Traditional Territory
In Blaney et al v. British Columbia (The Minister of Agriculture Food and Fisheries) et al. , 2005 BCSC 283, British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Powers applied the recent SCC decisions in Haida and Taku to rule that the Provincial Crown as represented by the Minister of Agriculture Food and Fisheries, had not met its duty to consult with the Xwémalhkwu First Nation (Homalco Indian Band) in his reasons for judgment handed down on March 2, 2005 Read the Case Comment [PDF]

 

 

Current Aboriginal News

Resource Sector Transparency Measures Act Becomes Law (January 12th, 2015)

First Nations in Canada should be aware of the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act which received royal assent on December 16, 2014 and will come into force on a day to be fixed by the Governor in Council… Read More

Toronto Star, July 17th: "We Don't Want Our Records Destroyed": NRC "flooded" with calls from Residential School Survivors

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Press Release: DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE DAY SCHOLARS CERTIFICATION HEARING

May 27th, Vancouver
The Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada has ordered that the motion seeking to certify the Day Scholars Law Suit as a Class Action will be held starting on April 13, 2015, and continuing the remainder of that week to finish on April 20, 2015. Justice Harrington of the Federal Court of Canada will be presiding.

Read the Press Release

Brief for Area-based Forest Tenure Consultation

[note deadline: May 30th]

The Province is currently undertaking an ‘area based forest tenure consultation’ to get public feedback on a proposal to convert certain (invited) replaceable volume-based forest licences to new or expanded area-based tree farm licences. The consultation stems from recommendations of a bi-partisan Special Committee on Timber Supply in 2012, which suggested that government should explore the conversion of renewable volume based tenures to area based tenures as one tool to deal with mid-term fibre supply issues in the Interior…

… Former Provincial Chief Forester, Jim Snetsinger, will head the consultation. Any comments must be submitted by May 30, 2014, after which Snetsinger will prepare his recommendations to government. There were three First Nations workshops, in Prince George (May 8), Kamloops (May 14) and Nanaimo (May 20).

Read the Full Brief…

 

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Announcements

Farewell to Anna Kristensen

It is with mixed feeling that we announce our farewell to Anna Kristensen. We are sad to see her go but are happy to see Anna extending her career boundaries. Anna graduated with her CGA designation in November 2014 and is moving on to a controller position in another law firm. Read More…

 

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