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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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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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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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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.

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