CELA's Northern Services

CELA has long served communities across Ontario, including individuals, families, citizen groups and Indigenous communities, either individually or collectively. In the spring of 2019, CELA Northern Services was launched following a successful pilot project in 2018.  

 CELA’s Northern Services program collaborates with communities, residents, non-profit organizations and other legal aid clinics to identify emerging issues affecting human health and environmental protection, advance public participation in decision-making, and advocate for those lacking access to justice. We provide client representation of eligible clients in trial and appelate courts, and before administrative tribunals.

Northern Case Work

Kebaowek First Nation – Pipeline Assessment and Indigenous Jurisdiction – CELA was formerly retained by Kebaowek First Nation in relation to a federal impact assessment of a proposed 780 km natural gas pipeline that stretches from northeastern Ontario to southern Quebec.

Mining Justice and Indigenous RightsCELA was formerly retained to represent the Friends of the Attawapiskat River in their actions to amplify the voice of Indigenous community members living downstream of the proposed Ring of Fire mineral development.


Citizens successfully challenge aggregate pit proposal near Trout Lake – CELA represented the Trout Lake Campers’ Association in challenging a proposed aggregate pit, the approval for which had not considered social and environmental impacts.