Lawyers, Keith Gordon (Ontario) and Ian Knapp (BC) , will be representing BMAAAC in our application to be an intervenor at the Supreme Court of Canada.
BMAAAC Legal Clinic coming this Fall to have a 1-on-1 with a top lawyer for an hour - free for band members and band councillors! (TBA)
April 1, 2022 - We won! Muriel Labelle v. Chiniki First Nation. The court ruled that this chief and council were "biased" and acted in a way that was "self-serving" when they sat as decision-makers on an election appeal tribunal, in an election where they also ran as candidates. The court held that chief and council violated the "nemo judex rule" that says, "No person shall be a judge in their own case". Once again, thank you to lawyer, Evan Duffy, for the excellent legal representation.
December 14, 2021 - We won! Roderick Wigwas, Brian King and BMAAAC v. Gull Bay First Nation. Early in this court proceeding, BMAAAC advised the court that the matter was discontinued because there was a change in the law, and each side should cover their own costs. However, the Chief of Gull Bay First Nation claimed that $100,000 was owing for their legal costs meanwhile the Chief's lawyer claimed $75,000 was owing. The federal court rejected the Chief and his lawyer's claim and ordered Gull Bay First Nation to pay BMAAAC $250. Thank you to prominent Edmonton lawyer, Evan Duffy, for representing BMAAAC.