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.
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. First Nations challenging the project’s approval told a three-judge panel in Vancouver.
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.
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.
Maegen Giltrow 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.
Squamish Nation and Coldwater Indian band celebrate victory against Trans Mountain expansion project
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 Bruce, Melinda Skeels, Michelle Bradley and Emma Hume.
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