Aftermath of the Blueberry River Court Decision and how to Effectively Assess Cumulative Effects and the Impact Assessments of a Projects

February 22, 2024 9:15am

Bryn E. Gray
Partner
McCarthy T├ętrault LLP

Carol M. Wildcat
Consultation Coordinator
Ermineskin Cree Nation

This session will focus on the precedent-setting British Columbia Supreme Court which ruled that the Treaty Rights of Blueberry River First Nation were infringed upon through the cumulative effects of decades of natural resource developments. Points of discussion will include:

  • Examining how the Blueberry River court decision is affecting development projects
  • Identifying how the court decision is being applied to consultation and engagement in land-use planning
  • Deciphering the effect on future natural gas development in the region and across Canada
  • Debating how government agencies could engage with First Nations to ensure effective collaboration and cumulative effects assessment
  • Determining the new legal obligation as a result of the court decision