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May 11, 2017

Is Your Contract with a First Nation Binding? Maybe Not.

Industry and First Nation governments frequently contract with each other on the basis that the signature of the Chief, or Chief and Council, is the only requirement to create a binding legal obligation of the First Nation government.  In some instances, a band council resolution is requested as additional evidence of authorization, and in others community ratification vote.  Is this enough to ensure that a contract between industry and a First Nation government is legally binding? Maybe not.

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