This week, members of the Boughton team submitted an intervener factum to the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal of Cindy Dickson v. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.
With far reaching implications around the nature of the nation-to-nation relationship between the Crown and self-governing Yukon First Nations, as well as the interplay between constitutional laws of self-governing First Nations and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, this case is being closely watched across Canada.
Acting as an intervener for the Council of Yukon First Nations—one of 10 interveners granted leave—the Boughton team will present oral arguments for the case on February 7, 2023. The intervener submissions by the Council of Yukon First Nations focus on the sui generis nature of Yukon First Nations self-government agreements and constitutions, and the need for such self-government agreements and constitutions to be protected by s. 25 of the Charter.
The other interveners in the case are: