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Arend Hoekstra Discusses Implications of Recent BCSC Decision on Aboriginal Law with the Financial Post


Arend Hoekstra recently discussed the Thomas and Saik’uz First Nation v. Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. decision with the Financial Post.

This decision, notes Julius Melnitzer, “marks the first time that Canadian law has recognized First Nations’ right to rely on a tort — a wrongful act or infringement of a right other than under a contract — to ground liability against a private developer.”

Says Arend: “While litigation has historically focused on the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous people, this decision opens the door for greater litigation between Indigenous peoples and proponents.”

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