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CBC Opinion Piece: Specific Claims Process About Justice, Not Charity

July 18, 2018

Written by Alisa Lombard and Aubrey Charette. Published by CBC News on July 11, 2018.  "Specific claims" is a simple phrase that describes a hugely important issue: the body of outstanding violations against First Nations, accumulated through colonial and post-colonial mistreatment and negligence. These violations, allegedly committed by the federal government, generally concern treaty obligations, reserve lands or the administration of Indigenous property.

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Thank You from Maurice Law's 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

July 4, 2018

Our 12th Annual Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament took place at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links on June 15, 2018.  Special thanks to our platinum sponsor, Orca Risk Solutions.  We also thank those who came out and supported a good cause and shared a great day on the links with us!  We hope to see you again next year! 

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Putative Class Action on the Sterilization of Aboriginal Women in SK Without Proper &/or Informed Consent in Court on June 8th

June 19, 2018

Maurice Law’s putative class action was in court on June 8, 2018, to respond to interlocutory applications brought by the defendants, the Attorney General of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Athabasca Health Authority and various doctors.

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12th Annual Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament

June 1, 2018

Our 12th Annual Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament will take place at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links in beautiful Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 15, 2018.  Team registration is $800 for a foursome and individual registration is $200 per player.  Registration deadline is June 8, 2018.  To register please contact, Office Manager, Betty Recollet via email at brecollet@mauricelaw.com or via telephone at (403)949-5606, ext. 786. 

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Maurice Law Partner Brad Regehr to Join the CBA’s 2018 National Board of Directors

May 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Brad Regehr, a partner at Maurice Law, has been appointed to the Canadian Bar Association’s National Board of Directors for a two-year term commencing September 1, 2018. Brad, working primarily out of the Winnipeg office, brings to the Board a wealth of experience gained over twenty-plus years in practice. Brad has formerly served as President of the Manitoba Bar Association, and as a National CBA Board Member.

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Ron Maurice Recognized as Leading Legal Practitioner by Lexpert (May 2018)

May 15, 2018

Ron Maurice, Managing Partner and founder of Maurice Law Barristers & Solicitors, has been recognized by his peers as one of Calgary’s leading Aboriginal law practitioners, according to Lexpert, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Each year, Lexpert profiles lawyers across Canada in over 60 practice areas and law firms in over 40 practice areas through an extensive, annual peer survey. In addition to being recognized as a “leading practitioner” in his field, Ron is also recognized as a practitioner that is “Consistently Recommended”, according to his peers.

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Maurice Law Successfully Brings Application Requiring Canada to Provide Information on Historical Land Policies

May 10, 2018

For the first time in the history of the Specific Claims Tribunal, an application has been granted requiring Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada (“Canada”) to respond to written questions on its historical policy and rationale in setting aside and surrendering First Nation land. In a judgement delivered by the Honourable W.L. Whalen on April 3, 2018, Maurice Law successfully argued the application on behalf of Little Black Bear First Nation. The application arose in the context of an alleged illegal surrender of a fishing station located on the Little Arm River in Southern Saskatchewan.

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Case Summary: Gamlxyetltxw v British Columbia, 2018 BCSC 440

May 2, 2018

Below is a summary of Gamlxyetltxw v British Columbia (Minister of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations), 2018 BCSC 440, a newly released decision regarding balancing Treaty rights and the Crown’s duty to consult.

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Case Summary: Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada, 2018 SCC 4

April 19, 2018

On February 2, 2018, the Supreme Court released its decision in Williams Lake Indian Band v Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2018 SCC 4, marking the first time the country’s top court reviewed (and ultimately restored) a decision by the Specific Claims Tribunal (“SCT”).

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Case Summary: Siska Band v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2018 SCTC 4

March 18, 2018

On February 1, 2018, the Specific Claims Tribunal (“SCT”) released its decision in Siska Band v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2018 SCTC 2, The specific claim arises from an alleged “taking” of land in 1885 from reserves set aside from the Siska Band in 1878. The disputed land involves portions of Zacht Indian Reserve No. 5 and Nahamanak Indian Reserve No. 7 (the “Reserves”) and is located within a railway right of way (“ROW”) created in 1885 pursuant to The Government Railways Act, SC 1881 (41 Vict), c 25 (the “GRA”) (para 1).

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Forced Sterilization Class Action: In the Media

March 7, 2018

Maurice Law has filed the suit against the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Athabasca Health Authority, and various doctors involved in the sterilization of Indigenous women.  For information about this class action please visit the Forced Sterilization Class Action Tab on our website. 

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Maurice Law Involved in the Largest Indigenous-Led Renewable Energy Call in Canadian History

February 8, 2018

Maurice Law applauds the Government of Alberta’s recent decision to put Indigenous partnerships in the driver’s seat throughout the next phase of Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program.

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Ochapowace Cree Nation Takes Saskatchewan and Canada to Court Over Unconstitutional Online Land Auctions

January 30, 2018

On January 8, 2018, Ochapowace Cree Nation (“OCN”) filed a statement of claim in Federal Court against Saskatchewan and Canada in relation to Saskatchewan’s unlawful sale of vacant Crown lands in two separate public auctions that took place in the spring and fall of 2017, respectively. OCN is seeking declaratory relief and equitable compensation in relation to Saskatchewan’s failure to meet its constitutional, contractual, fiduciary, and honourable duties to OCN, allowing Canada’s outstanding treaty land entitlement (“TLE”) to OCN to remain unresolved.

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Saskatchewan Halts Major Water Drainage Project Following Legal Challenge by Pasqua First Nation

January 25, 2018

Pasqua First Nation (“PFN”) is celebrating a recent decision by the Quill Lakes Watershed Association No. 14 (“QLWA”) to halt a proposed water diversion project that would have had potentially adverse effects on its aboriginal and treaty rights.

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Candice Metallic Awarded Prestigious Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel Designation

January 15, 2018

Maurice Law is proud to announce that Partner Candice Metallic was awarded the Indigenous Bar Association’s (IBA’s) Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (IPC) Designation, an honour recognizing Indigenous lawyers with outstanding achievements in the practice of law, and those who work toward the recognition and development of Indigenous laws and governance. The award was presented to Candice at the IBA’s annual conference in Halifax in October 2017. 

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Case Summary: Beardy’s & Okemasis Band # 96 and #97 v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2015 SCTC 3 and 2016 SCTC 15

December 28, 2017

Background
This specific claim relates to the Crown’s non-payment of Treaty 6 annuities to members of the Beardy’s and Okemasis Bands (now known as the “Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation” or the “BOFN”) between 1885 and 1888 following the North-West Rebellion (the “Annuities Claim”).

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Case Summary: Tobacco Plains Indian Band v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada

December 21, 2017

Tobacco Plains Indian Band v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2017 SCTC 4 dispels the notion that a fiduciary duty only applies to reserve land where administration and control is formally conveyed to the federal Crown. This is significant for First Nations who wish to launch specific claims for land set apart around the time of Confederation.

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Pasqua First Nation takes Saskatchewan to Court Over Major Water Drainage Project

December 19, 2017

Pasqua First Nation is bringing the Saskatchewan Minister of the Environment, the Province of Saskatchewan, and Quill Lakes Watershed Association No. 14 to court over a proposed water diversion project that could have a major impact on Pasqua’s constitutionally-protected rights.

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11th Annual Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament

September 22, 2017

Our 11th Annual Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament was held at the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club in beautiful Bragg Creek, Alberta. Each year, proceeds from the Maurice Law Charity Golf Tournament have been used to support agencies and programs that have shown a special commitment and interest in supporting Aboriginal peoples. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to an outstanding and worthy organization, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC).

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