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08 Mar 2018

Just three weeks after obtaining an order in BC Supreme Court to allow a young indigenous mother sufficient access to her newborn to allow for breatfeeding and to foster a maternal bond, Ratcliff lawyer Maegan Giltrow, together with Melinda Skeels, was back in court on the matter, where the Direc

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23 Feb 2018

A BC Supreme Court ruling that orders the provincial government to ensure an Indigenous mother has daily access to her newborn child so she does not lose her maternal bond could impact other First Nations throughout the country. Maegen Giltrow, legal counsel for Huu-ay-aht and the mother, de

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19 Dec 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court overturned a B.C. Oil and 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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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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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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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").