It’s key to have a trusted legal team who are respectful of and thoroughly versed in the issues relating to First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations in Canada. This includes duty to consult, traditional knowledge, hunting and fishing rights, by-law prosecution, economic and trust development, administration, land claims, constitutional issues, financing and governance.
We have one of Canada’s largest and most experienced Indigenous law practices. As a collaborative, multidisciplinary firm, we stay abreast of developments in Indigenous law and offer a range of services to Indigenous communities, governments, government agencies and private entities. This includes:
- general litigation
We have extensive experience with issues related to First Nation communities and organizations. This includes:
- real estate
- electricity generation and transmission developments
- economic development
Our team includes active members of various Indigenous communities and institutions, including practising members of the Indigenous Bar Association and the National Indigenous Trust Officers’ Association. Members also hold directorial positions for both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Board. They also act on the board of directors for the Akitsiraq Law Society.
We act for:
- First Nations
- band councils
- not-for-profit corporations
- economic development corporations
- provincial, territorial and federal governments relative to their relationship with First Nation communities
Our lawyers have well-established relationships and a reputation for excellence at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, and various other provincial and territorial ministries for Indigenous affairs and relations. We offer government experience and close access for national organizations working with provincial and federal Crown entities.
We are frequently called upon to give legal advice to clients with interests in the northern and remote regions of Canada and have extensive experience with Northern Land Claims Agreements.
Senior lawyers on our team have been consulted by policy makers in government for advice on general legal strategy and policy regarding the recognition and implementation of the special rights of Indigenous peoples. We regularly publish an Indigenous law e-newsletter which reports on cases, policy developments and guidelines.