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Cassels Represents PEI in Application for Leave to Appeal Brought by the Mi’kmaq Before the Supreme Court of Canada


On April 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed, with costs, an application for leave to appeal the PEI Court of Appeal’s decision in Mi’kmaq of P.E.I. v. Province of P.E.I. et. al.

The original judicial review was brought by the Mi’kmaq of PEI (Mi’kmaq) when the Province sold the Mill River golf course, following a consultation process that started in 2012. The Mi’kmaq, who claim Aboriginal title to all of Prince Edward Island, argued that the Crown had not satisfied its duty to consult. The Court of Appeal concluded that the Crown’s duty to consult never arose in the circumstances of the sale, and that the Province’s consultation efforts, in any event, were sufficient to discharge any duty to consult that arose.

Tom Isaac and Arend Hoekstra of Cassels acted as counsel of record for the Province of Prince Edward Island, with assistance from Michael Osborne.

Read more about the important lessons learned from the case here.

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