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Residential School Agreement FAQs
Peter Grant is Representative
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]
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
Press Release: DATES ANNOUNCED FOR THE DAY SCHOLARS CERTIFICATION HEARING
Brief for Area-based Forest Tenure Consultation
… 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).
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…