Regulatory and Administrative Law

Some of the most critical decisions for First Nations are made within regulatory or administrative decision-making bodies empowered to make decisions about resource development, such as environmental assessment agencies or provincial and federal boards that make decisions about pipeline construction or development of natural resources. Participating in these regulatory processes is an important way to have advance a First Nation’s rights and interests when land and natural resources development is proposed in its traditional territory.

JFK Law provides practical advice and strategic representation for our clients in this area of law. We have also helped First Nations and individuals to understand the systems and to fearlessly advance their claims and make their voices heard. We have also assisted governmental decision-makers, such as band councils facing difficult decisions, to understand their powers, the rules that apply to them and the consequences of their actions.

We have a strong team of litigators who understand what is needed to challenge or defend a government decision in court and can do so in a timely and cost effective manner. Our wide-ranging experience includes assisting First Nations through major environmental assessments and challenging decisions coming out of those processes; assisting band councils and other governmental decision makers to defend their actions in court; and helping decision makers and governments develop laws, rules and policies.

We have appeared before and advised clients with respect to a number of regulators including:

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • National Energy Board
  • British Columbia Environmental Office
  • British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission
  • Alberta Energy Regulator
  • The Ontario Energy Board
  • Yukon Environmental Assessment Board
  • Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

We also have experience assisting clients who have responsibilities to regulate land use and development under the terms of land claim agreements.

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