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Ratcliff LLP Honored as Elite Boutique in Indigenous Law by The Legal 500

Ratcliff recognized in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500 as an Elite Boutique in the area of Aboriginal Law. The accolade reflects our commitment to excellence in Indigenous law
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Enhancing our Client Service in Yukon

Ratcliff’s Yukon team expands to a total of nine lawyers, strengthening our firm’s history of serving Indigenous communities in Yukon. 
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Tiičma Enterprises, a Leader in Indigenous Economic Development, Recognized for Remarkable Growth

In a remarkable display of Indigenous economic development, Tiičma Enterprises, a wholly-owned economic development corporation of the Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’les7et’h’ First Nations (KCFN), has earned acclaim as Community-Owned Business of the Year
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Eight Ratcliff lawyers have been recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

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Five BC First Nations settle 20-year Treaty Land Entitlement claims with BC and Canada

Five First Nations in the Peace River region of northeastern British Columbia announced they have reached a significant agreement with the federal and provincial governments on their Treaty Land Entitlement
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Blueberry River First Nations signs momentous land management agreement with Province of B.C.

The Blueberry River First Nations Implementation Agreement lays the foundation for jointly managed land, water and resource development.
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Ratcliff Partners Co-Chair PBLI Specific Claims 2023 Conference

On February 8 and 9, 2023, Indigenous leaders and administrators, government officials and policy advisors, legal professionals, researchers, and consultants will gather in Vancouver for the Pacific Business & Law
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Ratcliff Selected as Indigenous Law Elite Boutique by The Legal 500

New ranking category highlights the firm’s distinct approach to representation of Indigenous peoples   On November 9, 2022, The Legal 500, an international ranking body of the world’s top law
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Sc’ ianew First Nation wins Community-Owned Business of the Year Award for M’i nuw’ilum Marina Inc.

Sc’ianew First Nation (Beecher Bay) awarded the BC Achievement Foundation Community-Owned Business of the Year Award for M'i nuw'ilum Marina Inc.
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Ratcliff Ranked Among Top Law Firms Serving Indigenous Peoples

2023 edition of Chambers Canada recognizes Ratcliff in top tier of Aboriginal Law - Representation of Indigenous Peoples
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Blueberry River First Nations Membership Votes Overwhelmingly in Favour of Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement

Blueberry River First Nations membership voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Nations’ negotiated Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) settlement. This vote directs Chief and Council to proceed with signing settlement agreements
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Tsawwassen First Nation reaches settlement agreement in English Bluffs Specific Claim

As part of the settlement, the Tsawwassen First Nation will receive $7.7 million as recognition that Canada failed in its obligation to protect the Nation from an exploitative sale of
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Ratcliff Joins Forces with Experienced Yukon Lawyer, Victoria Fred

Victoria's expertise will strengthen our ability to provide leading legal advice to our existing Yukon clients as well as meet and collaborate with new communities in the north.
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Next step in fight to protect Nechako fisheries and Aboriginal rights

First Nations will appeal BC Supreme Court ruling to hold mining company responsible for harm to Nechako River and fisheries.
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Court finds Rio Tinto Alcan harming Nechako fisheries and infringing Aboriginal rights

The British Columbia Supreme Court decision in Thomas and Saik’uz First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan finds that the Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations have proven that Alcan’s operation of
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Ratcliff LLP Partner and Senior Litigator Maegen Giltrow appointed Queen’s Counsel

Maegen Giltrow, a partner and integral member of the Ratcliff team, has been appointed a Queen’s Counsel. This honour is bestowed on the recommendation of the Attorney General of British
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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
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Ratcliff LLP Recognized in The Globe and Mail’s Best Law Firms 2022

Ratcliff LLP was recognized in The Globe and Mail's Best Law Firms 2022 for outstanding work in the Aboriginal Law / Indigenous Law category.
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LOTA Notice to clients

The  Land Owner Transparency Act (“LOTA”) came into force in B.C. effective November 30, 2020,  This legislation will impact almost everyone who acquires or currently holds an interest in land
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Blueberry River First Nation Wins Landmark Treaty Rights Case

In the first case of its kind in Canada, the BC Supreme Court ruled that the province failed to adhere to its obligations to the Blueberry River First Nation under
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Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Federal Carbon Pricing

The Supreme Court acknowledged that climate change is a “threat to the future of humanity” in a judgment that supports a uniform, national (and international) response to the climate crisis.
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COVID-19 – Our Commitment to Safety and Service

Ratcliff & Company LLP continues to closely monitor daily public health updates and guidelines surrounding COVID-19. The health and safety of our clients, employees, families and the community are the
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B.C. First Nations’ lawyers say Ottawa failed to consult on Trans Mountain expansion

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,
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Court allows Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations to seek new declaratory relief in Alcan Claim

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
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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
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Odds stacked against parents fighting Ministry

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
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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
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B.C. promotes breastfeeding for infants in government care after court ruling

The Ministry of Children and Family development has committed to an action plan in response to court rulings in favour of Huu-ay-aht First Nations represented by Ratcliff & Company.
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Huu-ay-aht First Nations to receive $4.2 million in funding

Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced in Nanaimo on Tuesday, Aug. 21 that the federal government will be providing $4.2 million in funding to support the Huu-ay-aht First Nations
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Vaughn Palmer: New model for land management takes shape with northern First Nation

Blueberry River First Nations and the B.C. government try mediation as an alternative to the courtroom to negotiate Blueberry's claim of treaty right infringement resulting from the cumulative impact of timber
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Court orders Huu-ay-aht child returned to mother’s care

Provincial Court of British Columbia Judge Flewelling ruled on March 13 in favour of a Huu-ay-aht mother, ordering that her baby must be returned to the custody of her mother no later
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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
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B.C. Supreme Court order providing Indigenous mother daily access to newborn could set national precedent

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
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B.C. Supreme Court overturns B.C. Oil and Gas Commission pipeline approval

The B.C. Supreme Court overturned a B.C. Oil Commission pipeline approval due to failure to consult with Fort Nelson First Nation and address their concerns about the impact of a
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Coldwater Indian Band successful against Kinder Morgan in Federal Court of Appeal

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
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Specific Claims Tribunal decision stands for Huu-ay-aht First Nation as Canada discontinues review

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. The Specific Claims Tribunal decision awarding
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Collision between Indigenous hunting and oil development rights set for legal showdown in B.C. court

Maegen Giltrow represents the Blueberry River First Nation who are fighting to stop the incremental erosion of its land and treaty rights. Blueberry River First Nation lost a bid to
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Coldwater Indian Band and Squamish Nation challenge Trans Mountain pipeline

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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Specific Claims Tribunal awards $13.8 million to Huu-ay-aht First Nations

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
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Ratcliff lawyers put First Nations Consultation at centre stage before NEB

In a heated final argument Thursday, Squamish First Nation lawyer Aaron Bruce told the NEB that it cannot recommend the Trans Mountain expansion project’s approval because the federal government “recognizes
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Ratcliff represents city of Burnaby at NEB Trans Mountain hearings

The National Energy Board should suspend its review of the Trans Mountain pipeline until Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reforms the national regulator, said Ratcliff lawyer Gregory McDade on behalf of
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Blueberry River First Nations wins important historical claim in Specific Claims Tribunal

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").
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Supreme Court of Canada denies leave to Rio Tinto Alcan; Upholds Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations win at B.C. Court of Appeal

The Supreme Court of Canada today denied Leave to Appeal to Rio Tinto Alcan, and dismissed Rio Tinto Alcan's Application for Leave to Appeal from the earlier BC Court of Appeal
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Ratcliff lawyers Greg Mcdade and Kate Blomfield represent Yukon First Nations in filing a constitutional challenge to Canada’s amendments to Yukon’s development assessment legislation

Three Yukon First Nations — the Teslin Tlingit Council, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, and the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation — filed a petition in Yukon Supreme Court on Wednesday with the
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Fort Nelson First Nation gets Nexen fracking water license overturned

The Fort Nelson First Nation, represented by Ratcliff lawyers James Tate, Nathan Hume and Michelle Bradley, has won a potentially precedent-setting decision from the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board that cancels
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Saik’uz and Stellat’en First Nations successful in appeal against Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Ratcliff lawyers Greg McDade and Melinda Skeels succeeded at the BC Court of Appeal in Saik’uz First Nation and Stellat’en First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
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Ratcliff named one of Canada’s top firms in Aboriginal Law

Recently, Ratcliff & Company LLP was ranked as one of Canada's top law firms in Aboriginal Law in the category of boutique law firms by legal publisher Chambers and Partners.
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Blueberry River First Nations file claim challenging development in Northeast B.C.

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
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Ratcliff lawyers successfully defend Burnaby’s right to enforce its bylaws

In what's considered a huge win for the City of Burnaby's legal battle to stop the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, the National Energy Board struck down the company's application to
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Ratcliff lawyers succeed before Specific Claims Tribunal with finding that Canada breached its fiduciary duty to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations

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
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Ratcliff gets the Supreme Court to set aside the approval of the Whistler Official Community Plan for failure to consult the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations

Ratcliff lawyers Greg McDade and Peter Millerd successfully applied on behalf of the Squamish Nation and the Lil’wat Nation to set aside the decision of the Minister of Community, Sport and
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Ratcliff gets the Supreme Court to set aside the province’s timber allocation decision for failure to consult Ehattesaht First Nation

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
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Oral hearings quietly vanish from Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline review

Ratcliff lawyer Greg McDade speaks out on behalf of his client, the City of Burnaby, on the issue of the National Energy Board cutting all cross-examination from the Kinder Morgan
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Ratcliff lawyers get injunction to stop opening of herring fishery on west coast of Vancouver Island

Ratcliff lawyers Matt Kirchner and Lisa Glowacki successfully applied on behalf of five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations for an injunction blocking the opening this year of a herring fishery on the
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Ratcliff represents Coldwater Indian Band bring judicial review against Kinder Morgan for “illegally operating pipeline”

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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