A team comprising lawyers from regional offices across Canada, the BLG Aboriginal Law Group has extensive experience in all facets of Aboriginal law. We offer clients a broad range of services — from corporate/commercial and administrative/regulatory to general advice and issues unique to this area of the law. Our advice in these areas is given in the context of the specialized law that affects Canada’s Indigenous people. The members of our Aboriginal Law Group have acted on the behalf of Aboriginal communities and their individual members and businesses, the corporations and institutions that do business with those communities, as well as the provincial and federal governments and their agencies in various capacities.

Leveraging our substantial expertise in Aboriginal law, BLG provides advice and legal representation at all court and tribunal levels with respect to all areas of Aboriginal law. Our litigation experience ranges from matters relating to Aboriginal title litigation and the Duty to Consult and accommodate to governance/resource/business matters.

BLG has one of the most substantial and experienced Aboriginal legal teams in the country. Our lawyers have decades of experience working for and with governments, private clients and Aboriginal organizations and communities.



Case Law Publications

Rankings & Recognition

The Aboriginal Law Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Attorneys.
  • The 2016 edition of Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2016 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2015 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Representative Work

  • Represented the Province of British Columbia in several high-profile Aboriginal rights and title trials and appeals.
  • Negotiations of socio-economic agreements between Aboriginals and the mining industry (Labrador, Iron Mines, Tata Steel, Arcelor Mittal, Alderon, etc.).
  • Negotiations of First Nations' land claims with governments, leading to the conclusion of treaties.
  • Advised clients on Aboriginal issues relating to Hydro-electric projects, Transmission and distribution facilities, Mining, pipeline and oil & gas projects, Residential developments on reserve land and in traditional territories, Port projects, LNG projects
  • Representing and advising institutes of public government as established under the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement.
  • Advised financial institutions on the security of financing for on-reserve projects.
  • Represented First Nations in connection with financing and installation of resource and manufacturing concerns on First Nations' lands.
  • Advised First Nations and individuals on a range of labour relation matters and employment law issues including termination of employment, group termination, unjust dismissal, employee dismissal, employee discipline, human rights, employment equity, workers compensation, occupational health, safety and employment standards, federal and provincial human rights issues as well as band election procedures, certification and negotiations.
  • Represented and provided advice to the Kativik School Board in Nunavik with respect to various construction and litigation issues.