Serving First Nations and Inuit organizations on important issues

We serve First Nations and Inuit organizations on issues that are of major importance to Indigenous communities. Our experience includes:

  • Proceedings against federal, provincial and territorial governments to enforce the implementation of land claims agreements and treaties
  • Litigation to establish and protect commercial and individual harvesting rights
  • Negotiation of revenue sharing and benefit agreements for major mining and resource developments
  • Consultation and accommodation protocols
  • Comprehensive land claims negotiations with federal and provincial governments
  • Land use, parks, and habitat issues
  • Overlap agreements
  • Trust and taxation issues
  • Aboriginal participation in government procurement
  • Establishment, design, and governance of Indigenous organizations in areas including health, education, economic development, justice, policing and self-government

We have also provided advice and representation to aboriginal organizations and businesses, including:

  • Implementation of land claims agreements and self-government legislation
  • Financing community housing projects and commercial real estate development
  • Construction contracts and service agreements
  • Commercial leasing
  • Employment matters
  • Granting interests in land
  • Membership issues
  • Incorporations, partnership agreements, and joint venture agreements
  • Residential school claims
  • Tax planning

We publish a regular blog, Indigenous Law, which you can subscribe to or read by clicking here.

Janice Payne, head of our employment law group, was a member of the National Certification Committee responsible for having the Residential Schools class action certified and the settlement approved across Canada.

We have worked on cases that are important to individuals and communities in Nunavut, such as land claims and the Residential Schools Class Action. In 1999, one of our partners, David Stout was retained as lead counsel on behalf of the Office of the Interim Commissioner for the Territory of Nunavut. He negotiated the re-organization of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation and the Workers’ Compensation Board of the Northwest Territories, following the division of the Northwest Territories into two new territories. David has continued to practice in Nunavut since that time.

A number of our lawyers have been called to the Nunavut Bar, and we are committed to providing representation and services to our clients in Nunavut in the areas of Indigenous, Business, Employment, Family, and Real Estate Law.

We have competitive pricing, and can arrange interpretation services for clients who prefer to communicate using Inuktitut languages.

To reach a member of our Indigenous Law group call our toll-free direct line at 1-844-628-4664 and we’d be happy to assist you.