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Section Executive Update

  • August 06, 2014
  • Saba Ahmed

The OBA Aboriginal Law Section welcomed a new executive committee on June 24, marking the end of Julie Jai's two-year term as the Section's chair.

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The Tsilhqot’in Decision: Charting a New Course in Aboriginal Rights Jurisprudence

  • July 21, 2014
  • Carla Agatiello

In the Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia decision issued on June 26, 2014 (“Tsilhqot’in”), the Supreme Court of Canada granted a declaration of Aboriginal title to the appellant First Nation, and further declared that the province of British Columbia breached its duty to consult when it issued timber licenses to third parties, without engaging in meaningful consultation with the affected Aboriginal group.

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Section Executive Update from the Editors

  • July 21, 2014
  • Saba Ahmad

The Ontario Bar Association’s Aboriginal Section welcomed a new executive on June 24, 2014, marking the end of Julie Jai’s two years as the Section’s chair.

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Ring of Fire: Hot or Cold?

  • April 24, 2014
  • Evan Clemence

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Aboriginal Law Section hosted “Ring of Fire – Hot or Cold?”, a panel discussion on proposed mining development in Treaty 9 territory. The distinguished expert panelists were Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (“NAN”), the Honourable Bob Rae, lead negotiator for the Matawa First Nations, Dr. Christine Kaszycki for the Government of Ontario’s Ring of Fire Secretariat, and Joseph Gaboury of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

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The Role of Counsel in Managing Aboriginal Funds for a Sustainable Future

  • April 23, 2014
  • Pearl Chung and the Honourable Harry S. LaForme

At the OBA Aboriginal Law program at the OBA Conference Centre on November 5, 2013, professionals and experts examined and discussed some of the ethical challenges legal counsel need to consider, given the increasing joint participation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in resource development across the country. Currently, resource management and the related issues are most particularized through Aboriginal and treaty rights claims by First Nations people.

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