By Jaimie Lickers, John J. Wilson

Yesterday, representatives of the federal government and the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation of Newfoundland announced that – as a result of the litigation advanced by Gowling WLG – it will reassess approximately 58,000 membership applications for membership denied on the basis of the evidentiary criteria set aside in Wells v. Canada.

The federal government also announced that it will now enter into exploratory discussions regarding the unfair treatment of veterans, RCMP officers, and other groups who have been particularly adversely effected by the enrollment criteria.