Legal Eagles: another media misfire

Two leading law publications have trotted out the latest poll of leading Aboriginal legal practitioners to highlight and promote how this new field of law is burgeoning and why it’s a different world today as a result. The underlying message is that change is afoot in the Canadian resources sector and the delivery of legal services in this realm has never been more relevant. The reader gets the...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: November 2012 Mid Report

Mid November 2012, reviewed from the perspective of my book – Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources – so that Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) conference attendees can be right up to date.   Nov 01: The Alberta Government introduced Bill 2 – the “Responsible Energy Development Act” – in the Legislative Assembly.  It...

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Corporate & Native Resource Update: October 2012

October, 2012  was an important month for corporate / native resource developments and the rise of native empowerment. I have recapped the month of October from the perspective of my book – Resource Rulers: Fortune and Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources. (This synopsis doesn’t highlight the Enbridge Northern Gateway protest in front of the BC Legislature, nor the Shell Jackpine native...

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Wahgoshig First Nation v. Ontario & Solid Gold Resources Corporation

There’s now an important trilogy of mining exploration rulings in Ontario  – Platinex / Frontenac Ventures / Solid Gold – and it’s the latter that rings-in 2012 as native legal win # 158. The Ontario Supreme Court ruling takes Solid Gold to task over it’s lack of consultation saying that: “the evidence indicates that it made a concerted, willful effort not to...

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