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Footing the Bill: The Supreme Court Weighs in on the Costs of Indigenous Rights Litigation – First Peoples Law

April 15, 2021

The prohibitive cost of litigation is one of the most significant barriers faced by Indigenous Peoples seeking to protect their rights and territories.

This year, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s appeal on whether the Crown must pay a portion of its legal costs in advance in its landmark treaty infringement case.

The decision will clarify when and under what circumstances governments must provide funding to enable First Nations to pursue claims involving the Crown’s constitutional obligations to Indigenous Peoples.

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