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Ratcliff assists Squamish Nation in historic land deal with the Musqueam, Tseil-Waututh and federal governments

Published Date: 
05 Oct 2014

Ratcliff lawyer Aaron Bruce assisted the Squamish Nation in negotiating an historic $307 million land deal. The precedent-setting deal the federal government and local First Nations reached on the Jericho military base and former RCMP headquarters in Vancouver will launch a new phase of land development in the region. But, experts say, unlike development on local reserve lands, cities will have direct control over this new wave of First Nations-involved development through their city zoning laws.

The ability for First Nations to come to agreement with each other and the federal government was integral top getting the deal done. “They haven’t always seen eye to eye,” said Ratcliff lawyer Aaron Bruce. “And the federal government and the First Nations found a way to reconcile their duelling interests. The exciting part is they are becoming partners in projects of this magnitude.”