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What First Nation-Owned Businesses Need to Know About Collecting GST/HST

by Ashley Stacey When does Canadian law require First Nations-owned businesses on reserve to collect GST/HST?   When it comes to First Nation-owned businesses, what is involved and required in GST/HST registration and reporting is often misunderstood. Many First Nations who locate their businesses on reserve (incorrectly) believe that their customers do not have to

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OKT Partner Renée Pelletier appointed to Environmental Assessment Expert Panel

by Maggie Wente OKT’s Managing Partner, Renée Pelletier, has been appointed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Assessment Review Expert Panel.  The link to the official Government of Canada announcement is found here. The Government of Canada has formed the Expert Panel to engage with Canadians and Indigenous peoples about reforms to the federal environmental

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Roger Townshend listed as Aboriginal Law Lawyer of the Year in Toronto

On behalf of OKT, I would like to congratulate one of our founding partners, Roger Townshend, on being selected by the magazine Best Lawyers as the 2017 Toronto Lawyer of the Year in Aboriginal law! Roger takes over from another one of our founding partners, Nancy Kleer, who was selected for the same award last year.

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One year since the political accord: where are we now?

On August 24, 2015, the Premier of Ontario and the Ontario Regional Chief signed a “Political Accord” which formalized an agreement to work together on common goals. Members of the Political Confederacy negotiated the final version of the Political Accord which included a recognition of the fact that there were already important bilateral processes underway

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Canada announces new “Additions to Reserve” policy

by Michael McClurg The Ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (“INAC”) has just released a new Policy Directive on Additions to Reserve (“ATR”) and Reserve Creation. The Directive replaces the previous version, last updated in 2001. The update seems to implement a number of changes that could make it easier for First Nations to

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Summer student opportunity 2017

If you have a demonstrated interest in the area of  Aboriginal law, which covers a wide range of practice areas, we encourage you to submit your application. We are a law firm dedicated to advancing justice for Aboriginal peoples. Our firm of 28 lawyers serves Aboriginal governments, organizations and individuals in a variety of numerous

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Implications of Northern Gateway decision on Energy East

By Jeremiah Raining Bird and Matt McPherson The Federal Court of Appeal in Gitxaala Nation v. Canada recently quashed the approval of the Northern Gateway Pipeline because of insufficient consultation with First Nations. (Roger Townshend from our firm has recently commented on that decision here.) We would like to explore, though, what then does Gitxaala

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Northern Gateway Approval Quashed

In late June 2016, the Federal Court of Appeal, in a split decision, (Gitxaala Nation v. Canada) quashed the approval of Northern Gateway Pipeline, because of insufficient consultation with First Nations.  The case was a consolidation of cases brought by a number of First Nations – some whose territory would be crossed by the pipeline,

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OKT tops Lexpert rankings

OKT is proud to be recognized once again by Lexpert magazine as a national leader in the practice of Aboriginal law. Lexpert conducts extensive surveys of other lawyers to make a list of recommended lawyers in a particular field. Based on this survey, Lexpert ranked OKT as the most frequently recommended Toronto law firm for

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Self-Government “Lite” – asserting jurisdictions without major constitutional change

by Maggie Wente and Sarah Colgrove Recognizing a constitutional right to Indigenous self-government has been a goal of many communities for a long time. Except in modern treaties, the Canadian constitution has yet to formally recognize the reality that Indigenous communities are self-governing societies. While major constitutional changes can take a long time, there are

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