Register Now! Free Ratcliff Webinar – 2021 In Review: Major Cases & Legal Updates

It’s been a year of significant achievements for Ratcliff’s clients – in and outside of court. On Friday, December 10, 2021, Ratcliff will be hosting a free webinar to review important developments in the law in 2021. Ratcliff’s longstanding work with Indigenous clients continued in 2021 with decisions in key court cases, First Nations business development advances, progress in Specific Claims, and more.

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Teslin Tlingit Council v. Canada

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 Agreement.

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Odds stacked against parents fighting Ministry

Ratcliff won two cases this year on behalf of a mother whose baby was taken away from her three days after birth. Few parents receive such representation when dealing with the children’s ministry, making it harder for them to get their kids back.

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B.C. watchdog lambastes province’s ‘awful’ child welfare strategy

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 breastfeeding and to foster a maternal bond, Ratcliff lawyer Melinda Skeels, was back in court on the matter, where the Director of Children and Family Development was seeking to reduce access for the mother.

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