Dates Announced for the Day Scholars Certification Hearing October 25, 2016

A major step forward in the Day Scholars Class Action was taken yesterday with the announcement of the appointment of a Ministerial Special Representative (MSR) for the purpose of negotiating a settlement. The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, made the announcement appointing Thomas Isaac the MSR at the BC Assembly ...

Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Appeal in Ktunaxa Nation Freedom of Religion Case June 17, 2016

On March 17, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Ktunaxa Nation Council leave to appeal the August 6, 2015, B.C. Court of Appeal decision regarding B.C.’s approval of a Master Development Agreement for a proposed ski resort in an area known as Qat’muk, an area integrally connected with Ktunaxa spiritual beliefs and practices. The ...

Toronto Star: “We Don’t Want Our Records Destroyed” July 17, 2014

National Research Centre ‘flooded’ with call from residential school survivors The threat that testimony from 38,000 former residential school students might be destroyed has prompted an outcry that has ‘flooded’ the National rsearch centre for Truth and reconciliation with questions from survivors concerned about the erasing of their records. Read original article

Brief: Area-based Forest Tenure Consultation May 21, 2014

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 ...

Supreme Court of Canada Re-enforces Crown’s Duty to Consult and Obligation to Uphold Honour of the Crown November 15, 2010

On October 28, 2010 the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision in the case of 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 ...