Ontario’s Mining Albatross: Ring of Fire on life-support for years to come

The opening sentence of the latest legal ruling emanating from the James Bay lowlands says it all: “The north is not a quiet place”. That’s because throughout this 43-page ruling it’s the lawyers who are profiled in full court press in what is a tour de force of no-holds-barred resource sector litigating. They’re the sole reason the north is not a quiet place; because when the dust...

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Williams Ruling – Native Legal Win # 166

Last week’s headlines proclaimed: “B.C. Court Rules Tsilhqot’in First Nation has no claim to territorial land”. Their claim for broad-based aboriginal title was defeated. So why am I calling this a native win? Based on their semi-nomadic historical footprint exercised throughout their traditional lands, the Court of Appeal ruled that this set of facts did not entitle natives to a broad...

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CBC News Interview with Bill Gallagher – The Ring of Fire

CBC News Interview with Bill Gallagher – The Ring of Fire

I was contacted by CBC News to comment on the deteriorating situation in the Ring of Fire – Matawa / Ontario / Cliffs – the parallels to Voisey’s Bay are clear for all to see. Here’s the news article and the audio interview (10 minutes long).  Events in Ontario are unfolding primarily as a result of the native legal winning streak in other parts of the country and the...

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Native Legal Win #153

 As the year comes to a close, one particular native legal wins stands out in underscoring the power of the native legal winning streak.This Fall, the BC Court of Appeal ruled that the Chemainus Wells Project – to tap into potable water in an aquifer situated under the neighbouring Halalt First Nation reserve – should remain operationally delayed on account of deficiencies in...

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Keystone XL: A Native Success Story

Forgot in the cascade of commentary following Keystone XL’s dramatic delay last week, was Keystone-specific pipeline litigation launched by Manitoba natives back in 2008. That legal ruling commences with the 150 companies comprising the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers declaring themselves  ‘adverse in interest‘ to the position taken by Treaty One – which...

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