"The honour of the Crown infuses every treaty and the performance of every treaty obligation." - Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew v. Canada
For more than fifteen years, Allisun has provided legal advice to First Nations on a variety of issues, including the Crown’s legal obligation to consult, breach of fiduciary duty, Treaty and Aboriginal rights, and various Indian Act and governance matters. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta, and has been involved in litigating a number of leading cases, including Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Minister of Canadian Heritage) in the Supreme Court of Canada. She has intervened in numerous appellate level cases such as Whitefish v. Canada (Attorney General) in the Ontario Court of Appeal, and Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia and Behn v. Moulton Contracting in the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also appeared before the Specific Claims Tribunal.
Allisun’s experience in regulatory and environmental law includes providing legal and strategic advice to First Nations on consultation, and on their participation in environmental assessments and other regulatory processes for major projects in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. She has made submissions to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (now the Energy Resources Conservation Board) and the National Energy Board, and has appeared before the Alberta Utilities Commission and the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Allisun is also trained in interest-based negotiation, and works collaboratively with her clients to build effective negotiation teams. She has negotiated resource management and consultation agreements with governments and impact benefit agreements with project proponents, and represents First Nations in the negotiation of claims in the federal Specific Claims process and in self-government negotiations with the federal government. Allisun also negotiates joint venture and other commercial agreements on behalf of First Nations and her involvement in First Nations community development initiatives has included the development and implementation of First Nations trusts, the design and facilitation of reserve land selection processes, the coordination of traditional use studies, and applications under Canada’s Additions-to-Reserve policy.