Why an Alberta court decision to quash an oilsands project affects Treaty Rights cases in B.C.
A recent ruling by three Appeal Court justices has transformed the nature of Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal battles against the Site C dam and oil and gas development, finding the Crown must consider the cumulative impacts of industrial projects. Jack Woodward, who along with Joseph Arvay represented the Fort McKay First Nation before […]
Alberta’s top court overturns oil sands mine approval over First Nations concerns for land
Alberta’s highest court has overturned regulatory approvals for a $440-million oil sands project that would have encroached on land a First Nation considers sacred. In a strongly worded judgment, three justices of the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled that the Alberta Energy Regulator violated the honour of the Crown when it approved the proposal even […]
All Points West with Kathryn Marlow: What does Delgamuukw, the 1997 court ruling, have to do with the Wet’suwet’en protests?
As the Wet’suwet’en protests continue, people are talking about a landmark court case in 1997, called Delgamuukw. Some say it established title for the Wet’suwet’en, but it’s not that simple. Jack Woodward, an expert in indigenous law, joined Kathryn Marlow to explain. Listen here…