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 is based in the North with legal counsel working remotely. CELA’s Northern Counsel, Kerrie Blaise, frequently travels throughout northern Ontario to reach out and provide services to other communities.

 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 – This case concerns an upcoming federal impact assessment of a proposed 780 km natural gas pipeline stretching from northeastern Ontario to southern Quebec.

Mining Justice and Indigenous Rights – CELA represents 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.