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Overview

Willms & Shier's Northern Team provides expert legal advice on environmental, Aboriginal, energy and resource development matters in Canada's Northern Territories.

John Donihee, one of Canada's foremost experts in environmental, regulatory, administrative and Aboriginal law north of 60º, leads the Northern Team. In June 2014, John Donihee received the Government of the Northwest Territories' "Premier's Award" for collaborative work on new wildlife legislation for the Northwest Territories.

We represent clients ranging from northern Boards and Tribunals, government and industry proponents to Inuit, Inuvialuit and other Aboriginal organizations:

  • Northwest Territories – we represent and advise Boards and Tribunals on environmental impact assessment, land and water regulation and wildlife management
  • Nunavut – we represent resource developers and Inuit groups on land and resource management, including impact benefit agreements. We appear before environmental and regulatory tribunals on matters relating to mining and other development projects
  • Yukon – we advise Aboriginal organizations, environmental tribunals and non-government organizations on the environmental regulatory regime and wildlife management in the Territory

Selected Recent Projects

  • Drafted and assisted negotiators on impact benefit agreements addressing major gold mines in Northern Ontario and Nunavut, a diamond mine in Nunavut, major hydro development projects in Northern Ontario and a graphite mine in Northern Ontario
  • Represented Inuit and developers in impact assessment and water licensing hearings related to mine development
  • Developed water policy for Aboriginal lands and a water compensation policy for the Yukon Water Board

News

October 25, 2018

46th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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March 16, 2018

Nunavut Mining Symposium 2018

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March 02, 2018

Canadian Institute of Resources Law - Reconciliation - Territorial Wildlife Regimes and the Future of the Northern Wildlife Resource

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November 07, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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June 12, 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

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June 12, 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

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March 16, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

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March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

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November 18, 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

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November 15, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 13, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

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October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

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September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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May 17, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

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February 01, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

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November 20, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 20, 2015

Air & Waste Management Association-OVC: Legal Viewpoint of Air Quality and Climate Change Issues in the North

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October 01, 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

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September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

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June 19, 2015

CBA NEERLS NWT Branch: NWT Waters - Management Issues and Opportunities for Change

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November 19, 2014

The 42nd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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September 09, 2014

41st Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Ottawa

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August 27, 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

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May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

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May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Article

October 25, 2018

46th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
March 16, 2018

Nunavut Mining Symposium 2018

More
March 02, 2018

Canadian Institute of Resources Law - Reconciliation - Territorial Wildlife Regimes and the Future of the Northern Wildlife Resource

More
November 07, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
June 12, 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

More
June 12, 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

More
March 16, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

More
March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
November 18, 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

More
November 15, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
October 13, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

More
October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
May 17, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

More
February 01, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

More
November 20, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
October 20, 2015

Air & Waste Management Association-OVC: Legal Viewpoint of Air Quality and Climate Change Issues in the North

More
October 01, 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

More
September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
June 19, 2015

CBA NEERLS NWT Branch: NWT Waters - Management Issues and Opportunities for Change

More
November 19, 2014

The 42nd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
September 09, 2014

41st Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Ottawa

More
August 27, 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

More
May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More

Speaking Engagements

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 to November 22, 2018

46th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Nunavut Mining Symposium 2018

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March 02, 2018

Canadian Institute of Resources Law - Reconciliation - Territorial Wildlife Regimes and the Future of the Northern Wildlife Resource

More
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 to November 16, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Tuesday, 06 June 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

More
Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

More
Monday, 03 April 2017 to April 06, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 to April 28, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 to November 17, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Monday, 14 November 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

More
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
Wednesday, 08 June 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

More
Thursday, 04 February 2016 to February 06, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

More
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 to November 26, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Air & Waste Management Association-OVC: Legal Viewpoint of Air Quality and Climate Change Issues in the North

More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

More
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
Friday, 19 June 2015

CBA NEERLS NWT Branch: NWT Waters - Management Issues and Opportunities for Change

More
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 to November 27, 2014

The 42nd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

41st Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Ottawa

More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

CBA Seminar: Conflicts Between Insolvency Law and Environmental Law and Resulting Directors' Liability Fallout

More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 to May 28, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
Thursday, 19 June 2014 to June 20, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More

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