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Published Date: 
23 Dec 2019

The Squamish Nation received government reports on the impact of marine spills from an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline only after the government’s consultations with its officials had concluded in June, Michelle Bradley, a lawyer for Squamish said in the Federal Court of Appeal in Vancouver.

Published Date: 
17 Dec 2019

The federal government failed to share information, imposed unrealistic deadlines and refused to consider changes proposed by First Nations that would be affected by the proposed Trans Mountain expansion project, lawyers for B.C.

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28 Feb 2019

In a decision issued January 30, BC Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent granted the Saik'uz and Stellat'en First Nations permission to amend their court claim to seek declaratory relief should they prove their allegations against Rio Tinto Alcan. Specifically, Justice Kent found that they could

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Published Date: 
15 Jan 2019

On January 15, 2019, Chief Justice Veale of the Yukon Supreme Court declared that Canada has a legal obligation to negotiate a self-government Financial Transfer Agreement with Teslin Tlingit Council pursuant to their Final Agreement and sections 16.1 and 16.3 of the Self-Government Agreemen

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Published Date: 
31 Aug 2018

The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project on the basis that Canada failed to fulfill its duty to consult First Nations, including the Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian Band represented by Ratcliff & Company lawyers Matthew Kirchner, Aaron Bru

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Published Date: 
19 Dec 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court overturned a B.C. Oil Commission pipeline approval due to failure to consult with Fort Nelson First Nation and address their concerns about the impact of a new natural gas pipeline on caribou.

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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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