Agreements & Cases


 
SAMPLE OF NEGOTIATIONS EXPERIENCE

 

  • Two of our lawyers, Peter W. Hutchins and Monique Caron, began their careers being part of the negotiations of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement which was approved in 1975. This agreement was the result of successfully advancing injunction proceedings in the Quebec Superior Court. Hutchins Legal Inc. continues to be involved in the negotiations of modifications to this agreement through Complementary Agreements.

 

  • Since that time, our firm has been involved in many forms of negotiations touching on treaty rights, land claims and specific claims, as well as impact benefit agreements, Federal Court supervised mediation and out of court settlements.

 

 
SAMPLE OF LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

 

 Supreme Court of Canada:

 

  • Mitchell v. Minister of National Revenue, [2001] 1 S.C.R. 911
  • R. v. Adams,[1996] 3 S.C.R. 101
  • Québec (A.G.) v. Canada (National Energy Board), [1994] 1 S.C.R. 159
  • Kanatewat et al. v. James Bay Corporation et al., [1975] 1 S.C.R. 48

 

Supreme Court of Canada Interventions:

  • Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2014 SCC 48
  • Succession Rolland Bastien v. Her Majesty the Queen, [2011] 2 SCR 710
  • David Beckman, in his capacity as Director, Agriculture Branch, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, et al. v. Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, et al., [2010] 3 SCR 103
  • Rio Tinto Alcan Inc., et al. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, [2010] 2 SCR 650
  • Wewaykum Indian Band v. Canada, [2002] 4 S.C.R. 245
  • Reference re Secession of Quebec, [1998] 2 S.C.R. 217
  • R. v. Côté, [1996] 3 S.C.R. 139
  • Friends of the Oldman River v. The Queen, [1992] 1 S.C.R. 3
  • A.G. Ontario v. Bear Island Foundation, [1991] 2 S.C.R. 570
  • R. v. Sioui, [1990] 1 S.C.R. 1025

 

Federal Court of Canada:

 

  • Rainbow Tobacco G.P. v. Canada Revenue Agency et al., No. T-160-12
  • Alderville Indian Band et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen, No. T-195-92
  • The Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake v. The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, No. T-699-09
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne v. The Honourable Vic Teows, in his capacity as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2012 FC 1442
  • Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), 2009 FC 484
  • Abénakis of Wôlinak Band Council v. Jules Bernard, (2000) 191 F.T.R. 200; [1999] 2 C.N.L.R. 51
  • Victor Buffalo et al. v. The Queen (F.C.T.D.) (appealed to the Supreme Court: Ermineskin Indian Band and Nation v. Canada, 2009 SCC 9).
  • Makivik Corp. v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage), [1999] 1 F.C. 38
  • Mitchell v. Minister of National Revenue, [1999] 1 F.C. 375 (F.C.A.)
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. v. Canada, [1998] 4 F.C. 405
  • Eastmain Band v. Canada, [1993] 1 F.C. 501
  • Cree Regional Authority v. Canada, [1992] 1 F.C. 440
  • Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen et al., (1990) 37 F.T.R. 133
  • Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen et al., (F.C.T.D.)

 

Courts of Appeal:

 

  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  v. The Honourable Vic Teows, in his capacity as the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,(Q.C.A.) File No. A-60-13
  • Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada v Rudy Bird Yellowhead, File No. A-312-11
  • Andrew Keewatin Jr. et al. and Minister of Natural Resources et al., 2013 ONCA 158
  • Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam v. Noel, [2004] R.J.Q. 2124, [2004] 4 C.N.L.R. 66 (Q.C.A.)
  • Cree School Board v. Canada (Attorney General), [2002] 1 C.N.L.R. 112 (Q.C.A.), [2001] R.J.Q. 2128 (C.A.)
  • Mario Lord et al. v. The Attorney General of Québec et al., [2000] 3 C.N.L.R. 107, [2000] R.J.Q. 1400 (Q.C.A.)
  • Friends of Democracy v. Northwest Territories, (1999) 176 D.L.R. (4th) 661 (N.W.T.C.A.)
  • R. v. Thomas Peter Paul, [1998] 3 C.N.L.R. 221 (N.B.C.A.)
  • R. v. Jim, [1996] 1 C.N.L.R. 160 (B.C.C.A.)
  • Delgamuukw v. The Queen, (1993) 104 D.L.R. (4th) 470, [1993] 5 C.N.L.R. 1 (B.C.C.A.)
  • R. v. Vincent, [1993] 2 C.N.L.R. 165 (Ont. C.A.)
  • Canada (A.G.) v. Coon Come, [1991] 3 C.N.L.R. 40 (Q.C.A.)
  • R. v. Flett, [1991] 1 C.N.L.R. 140 (Man. C.A.)
  • Kanatewat et al. V. James Bay Corporation et al., (1973) 8 C.N.L.C. 414

 

Superior Courts:

 

  • Hupacasath First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), [2005] 2 C.N.L.R. 138 (B.C.S.C.)
  • Kativik School Board v. Makivik Corp., [2004] 2 C.N.L.R. 49 (Que.S.C.)
  • Gwasslam v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), sub nom. Gitskan First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), [2002] B.C.J. 2761, [2003] 2 C.N.L.R. 142 (B.C.S.C.)
  • Lord et al. c. Administrateur provincial nomme en vertu du chapitre 22 de la Convention de la baie James et du Nord québécois et al., [2000] R.J.Q. 250, [2000] 3 C.N.L.R. 78 (Que.S.C.)
  • Gitanyow First Nation v. Canada, [1999] 3 C.N.L.R. 89 (B.C.S.C.)
  • Naskapi Development Corporation et al. v. The Attorney General of Québec et al., Québec Superior Court, District of Montreal, No. 500-05-017462-910, 12 December 1994
  • Le Chef Max « One-Onti » Gros-Louis et autres c. La Société de développement de la Baie James et autres, [1974] R.P. 38 (Kanatewat injunction proceedings on the James Bay Project)

 

International Institutions:

 

  • The Case of the Mayagna (Sumo) Awas Tingni Community v. Nicaragua (judgment of August 31, 2001), Inter-American Court of Human Rights (written representations)
  • In the matter of Michael Mitchell (Canada) (2001), Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Report dated July 25, 2008)
  • Case of George Howard (Canada) (1998), United Nations Human Rights Committee (judgment on August 4, 2005)