Adams Lake Indian Band Denied Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada
On April 11, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the application of the Adams Lake Indian Band for leave to appeal from the British Columbia Court of Appeal. This brings an end to this litigation. As a reminder, the British Columbia Court of Appeal found against the Adams Lake Indian Band concluding that the impact of the incorporation of the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality on the Band's claim to rights and title was insubstantial. The incorporation of this new resort municipality changed the structure of local government, but not the overall powers of government vis-a-vis aboriginal rights and title. The Province of British Columbia still had an obligation to consult with the Adams Lake Indian Band as required by law. If you have questions as to the implications of this decision for your local government, do not hesitate to contact our office.