Top law firm in Canada for Aboriginal Law - Chambers
“Firmly established at the top of the field, providing high-quality advice to industry clients on noteworthy cases involving Aboriginal issues. Offers notable expertise in relation to the mining sector, with additional experience of matters involving pipelines and forest products. Highly regarded for its strength in British Columbia, with a growing presence in the North.”

- Chambers Canada (2016)
Top law firm in Canada for Aboriginal Law - Chambers
“Highly regarded for its representation of industry proponents in business and accommodation agreements with First Nations. Regularly represents both Canadian and international miners, as well as oil and gas and other energy participants. Offers additional strength in injunction applications and related litigation, and in indigenous issues in Latin America and Africa.”

- Chambers Global (2015)

Aboriginal Law

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First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada have treaty or Aboriginal rights, including title, over significant areas of land. These rights must be taken into account when developing or financing natural resource, mining, energy or real estate projects. For more than 25 years, Fasken Martineau's Aboriginal Law group has helped address and resolve our clients’ Aboriginal issues in Canada. Outside Canada, indigenous issues are equally important to our clients. We have assisted our clients in relation to indigenous issues in Central and South America as well as Africa.

With many of Canada’s leading lawyers in all areas of Aboriginal law and a broad range of resources throughout our offices, we help our clients better understand Aboriginal and indigenous issues. We have successfully concluded numerous agreements with and or on behalf of Aboriginal and indigenous groups. In some cases we have helped resolve historic grievances or paved a new path forward through treaty or commercial arrangements. When necessary, we have also successfully defended our clients’ interests in court challenges, injunctions and regulatory proceedings, acting on numerous landmark cases in Aboriginal law in Canada.

Our Clients

We represent clients in the energy, oil and gas, mining, forestry, real estate, banking and finance, transportation, fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and all levels of government. We also provide strategic and necessary legal advice on Indigenous issues to clients working with lawyers in other areas of practice within our firm and to other law firms to supplement their expertise when necessary.

Our Expertise

  • Strategic analysis and risk assessments
  • Advice on doing business with Indigenous communities
  • Internal policy development
  • Consultation protocols and memoranda of understanding (MOUs)
  • Consultation tables and negotiations for exploration and development activities
  • Impact Benefit Agreements, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements
  • Injunction applications, litigation and dispute resolution
  • Band Council and reserve land issues
  • Consultation audits and training
  • Duty to consult, strength of claim and impact analysis
  • Treaty negotiation 
  • Permitting and regulatory approvals

Primary Contacts

+1 604 631 4839
+1 604 631 4789
+1 403 261 6157
+1 416 865 4429
+1 416 868 3441
+1 514 397 5152
+27 11 586 6056