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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Tubal Ligation 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 Tubal Ligation 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

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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