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04 Oct 2017

The Musqueam First Nation’s decision to pull out of a judicial review process against the federal government will have no impact on ongoing legal efforts to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, according to Matthew Kirchner of Ratcliff and Company.

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27 Sep 2017

The Federal Court of Appeal has ordered Ottawa to renegotiate the terms under which the Trans Mountain pipeline crosses a Coldwater Band reserve, raising new questions about the fate of Kinder Morgan Inc.'s federally approved plan to expand the pipeline.

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06 Sep 2017

On September 5, Canada withdrew its application for a judicial review of a Specific Claims Tribunal decision in Attorney General of Canada v Huu-ay-aht First Nation.

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17 Jan 2017

Three First Nations have announced they're taking legal action challenging the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

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13 Jan 2017

Aaron Bruce, a partner at Ratcliff and member of the Squamish Nation, has developed an environmental assessment process for the Squamish Nation.

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13 Jan 2017

With the help of Ratcliff & Company the Squamish Nation is helping shape a new approach to environmental assessments in British Columbia, one that has won over at least one company attempting to build a major facility.

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14 Dec 2016

On December 12, 2016, the Specific Claims Tribunal released a decision--its first addressing the issue of compensation--awarding more than $13.8 million to Huu-ay-aht First Nations for breaches of fidcuciary duty committed by Canada between 1948 and 1969.

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22 Jan 2016

In a heated final argument Thursday, Squamish First Nation lawyer Aaron Bruce told the NEB that it cannot recommend the Trans Mountain expansion project’s approval because the federal government “recognizes the current process is deficient to address First Nations concerns.

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21 Jan 2016

The National Energy Board should suspend its review of the Trans Mountain pipeline until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reforms the national regulator, said Ratcliff lawyer Gregory McDade on behalf of the City of Burnaby.

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12 Nov 2015

The Blueberry River First Nations, represented by Ratcliff lawyers Jamtes Tate and Michelle Bradley, have won an important historical claim at the Specific Claims Tribunal of Canada ("SCT").

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03 Sep 2015

The Fort Nelson First Nation, represented by Ratcliff lawyers James Tate, Nathan Hume and Michelle Bradley, has won a potentially precedent-setting decision from the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board that cancels the water licence of a natural gas fracking operation in northeast B.C.

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25 Mar 2015

Recently, Ratcliff & Company LLP was ranked as one of Canada's top law firms in Aboriginal Law in the category of boutique law firms by legal publisher Chambers and Partners. 

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03 Mar 2015

Blueberry River First Nations, a Treaty 8 nation, filed a lawsuit challenging the cumulative impacts of the development of their traditional territory and the failure of BC to uphold promises made in Treaty 8.

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25 Sep 2014

In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to forbid Burnaby city staff from blocking the pipeline company's test drilling on Burnaby Mountain in a protected c

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14 Aug 2014

Ratcliff lawyer Gregory McDade, counsel for the City of Burnaby, has filed notice with the National Energy Board that the city intends to pursue a constitutional challenge of section 73 of the National Energy Board Act. 

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15 Jul 2014

Ratcliff lawyers John Rich, Kate Blomfield and Emma Hume succeed in securing the Specific Claim Tribunal’s first compensation decision, successfully arguing that Canada breached its fiduciary duty to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (“HFN”) multiple times and the HFN must be compensated. 

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25 Jun 2014

Ratcliff lawyers James Tate and Ava Murphy, together with co-counsel, successfully argued that Blueberry River First Nations and Doig First Nation should get their costs after defeating Canada’s first major challenge to their specific claim.  

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04 Jun 2014

Ratcliff lawyers Greg McDade and Peter Millerd successfully applied on behalf of the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation to set aside the decision of the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to approve the Official Community Plan (OCP) of the Resort Municipality of Whistl

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14 May 2014

Ratcliff lawyers Matt Kirchner and Ava Murphy successfully applied on behalf of Ehattesaht First Nation to set aside the Ministry of Forests' decision to return over 1 million cubic meters of surplus timber that was available for reallocation to the control of Western Forest Products Inc. 

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14 Apr 2014

Ratcliff lawyer Greg McDade speaks out on behalf of his client, the City of Burnaby, on the issue of the National Energy Board cutting all cross-examination from the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline review process.  

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18 Mar 2014

Ratcliff lawyer Greg McDade on behalf of the City of Burnaby formally requested that the National Energy Board find that the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project Application is incomplete and reject it on the basis that it contains neither the information needed for the NEB to

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30 Oct 2013

Ratcliff lawyer Matthew Kirchner on behalf of the Coldwater Indian Band brought a judicial review against Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline on Coldwater’s reserve.

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19 May 2011

First Nations on Vancouver Island have won an "economic and cultural victory" allowing them to catch and sell fish in their territory.

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12 Jan 2010

Consultations among BC Hydro, British Columbia Transmission Corp. and first nations along a key 255-kilometre power line route are an outright failure and need to start all over again, the B.C. Utilities Commission heard Monday.