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November 06, 2014

Julie Abouchar Discusses Provincial Aboriginal Consultation Responsibilities and What Proponents Can Do to Move Projects Forward

Julie Abouchar is quoted in a Law Times article discussing the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources). Julie clarifies that the decision underscores the responsibility of the provincial government in its fiduciary obligation and duty to consult. Julie also notes that the obligation also applies to the federal government, depending on which level of government is making the decision. The article, “Loss for First Nations at SCC Has Silver Lining", was written by Judy van Rhum and appeared in the September 29, 2014 issue of Law Times.

In their article dated July 17, 2014, Julie, Charles Birchall and John Donihee state that the decision impacts natural resources, mining and exploration proponents as well. To move projects forward and create greater certainty, proponents should consult early with Aboriginal people regarding activities that could impact Aboriginal or Treaty rights.

Natural resources, mining and exploration proponents with questions about how the SCC's decision impacts their operations and how to successfully engage Aboriginal communities may contact Julie at jabouchar@willmsshier.com / 416-862-4836, Chuck at cbirchall@willmsshier.com / 613-761-2424 or John at jdonihee@willmsshier.com / 613-217-8521.

Click here to read the full Law Times article.

 

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