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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

October 14, 2015

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 assistance of Ratcliff lawyers Greg McDade and Kate Blomfield.

Yukon chiefs have vigorously resisted the amendments to YESAA, since Bill S-6 was introduced in the Senate just over a year ago.

The First Nations assert that both the substance of the amendments, which undermine Yukon’s development assessment process, and the unilateral process by which Canada carried out the amendments, violate their constitutionally protected land claim agreements.

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