Our firm’s Indigenous Practice Group brings with it a depth of experience in advising Indigenous clients on a broad range of matters, including providing advice and acting in disputes concerning the assertion of inherent jurisdiction and other Indigenous and treaty rights; setting up effective business structures that facilitate the expansion of a community’s economic development; aboriginal and treaty rights advocacy; and consultations with government and industry.
Our team of lawyers has developed innovative legal structures and frameworks for, and successfully represented, groups of Indigenous communities across the country who wish to work together to pursue business opportunities, including through limited partnerships, joint ventures, corporations and trusts. We help our Indigenous clients manage existing and incoming assets, and offer advice and guidance on governance models that reflect and respond to our clients’ priorities.
First Nations across the country turn to us for strategic guidance on:
Members of our group work with our First Nation clients to develop and implement sound governance policies, institutions and practices which reflect the interests, priorities and objectives of their communities.
The laws, policies and codes which we have developed for our clients have proven capable of supporting some of the largest economic development projects undertaken on reserve land in Canada, and have provided the legal basis for entirely new forms of governance and environmental protection institutions which successfully carry indigenous value systems and decision-making processes forward into modern business and governance activities.
Some of the governance mandates we have worked with Indigenous communities on have been precedent setting and include the following:
We strive at all times to identify our clients’ objectives and we respond accordingly by helping our clients overcome their challenges and achieve their goals. The Indigenous Practice Group understands the unique circumstances and complexities of Indigenous affairs and the dynamic relation between the various parties. We anticipate potential problems, employ techniques to avoid them and find creative solutions to overcome them.