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Job Posting for Associate Position

Are you passionate about Indigenous and northern legal issues?   Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP (OKT) is seeking an Associate lawyer with 1-5 years of experience to join our Yellowknife office serving the legal needs of northern Indigenous communities.   We are a law firm dedicated to advancing justice for Indigenous peoples. Our firm of 27 lawyers serves Aboriginal governments, organizations and


Two Treaty 9 First Nations ask for Court injunction against pipeline activity

by Corey Shefman Most Canadians who follow current events will have seen headlines in recent weeks and months about the approval of new pipelines in Canada and the United States. Much less attention is paid to dealing with the pipelines that are already in the ground. Over 50 years ago, TransCanada PipeLines Limited built what


Alberta’s first renewable energy procurement process

OKT’s feedback on the key provisions of the Renewable Electricity Support Agreement By Oliver MacLaren and Julie-Anne Pariseau OKT is pleased to share on this blog the comments we have sent to the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) in the context of the community engagement process which is due on December 9, 2016. OKT has encouraged


OKT is hiring!

We are currently seeking an Associate lawyer with 1-5 years of experience, with an interest in and preferably experience in litigation, to join our practice in our Toronto office. 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


First Alberta Renewable Energy Competitive Process Launching Soon

by Julie-Anne Pariseau and Oliver MacLaren On November 3rd 2016, the Government of Alberta (“GoA”)  endorsed the Alberta Electricity System Operator’s (“AESO”) recommendation for a provincial Renewable Electricity Program (“REP”). With this announcement, Alberta is promising clear timelines and a structured bidding process to reach its commitment to have 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity


Environmental Regulatory Reviews Update: Canada’s process for reviews still falling short

by Matt McPherson There are four national reviews currently underway looking at reforms to Canada’s federal environmental legislation, and each of them continue to be hampered by significant process problems. These process problems are more than a surface concern – they may critically undermine the reviews themselves unless steps are taken to amend the process.


Thunder Bay police under review in treatment of Indigenous peoples

Do you have concerns about the policing of Indigenous peoples in Thunder Bay? Have you had experiences of racism, or of practices you thought were unfair or that could be improved? Now is the time to speak up. A systemic review has been launched about the practices of Thunder Bay Police Services in policing Indigenous


Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island Celebrate Opening of Grand Bend Wind Project

By Oliver MacLaren and Liora Zimmerman     OKT would like to congratulate Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Walpole Island First Nation on the achievement of reaching commercial operation on the Grand Bend Wind farm, a 100 MW project near Grand Bend, Ontario. A grand opening ceremony was held on October 6, 2016, attended by Chiefs


OKT proud to take part in We Matter Campaign

Yesterday marked the launch of the We Matter Campaign, a national multimedia campaign that gathers positive messages directed at Indigenous youth who may be going through a difficult time. The devastating news of multiple youth suicides in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan serves as a reminder of the importance of support and community to youth experiencing


Alberta announces funding for Indigenous initiatives in green energy programs

By Julie-Anne Pariseau and Oliver MacLaren The Governments of Alberta and Saskatchewan recently committed to increase the number of megawatts (“MW”) generated by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, to be added to their respective grid. The ambitious targets set by both governments aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their consequences but