Aboriginal

Overview

With many of Canada’s leading lawyers in all areas of Aboriginal law, Miller Thomson’s Aboriginal Law Group provides a national platform for sophisticated and strategic advice to industry, Indigenous peoples, crown entities and governments on a full suite of legal services.  Our clients recognize the critical role that Indigenous peoples will play as drivers of our economy in the years to come.

In facilitating project development, we advise on all matters involving Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, including negotiating participation and benefit agreements, environmental assessments, permitting and other regulatory approvals. We provide in depth knowledge and expertise in matters involving Aboriginal and treaty rights, as they relate to reserve land development, land claims, treaty land entitlement claims, past grievances, First Nations Land Management and governance.

Our team appreciates the unique and challenging issues at stake and can draw upon both our national platform and regional strengths providing advice that is particular to the legal landscape and unique Aboriginal or treaty rights present in each jurisdiction.

We offer cross sector experience and seamless advice in representing businesses and aboriginal peoples in a wide range of matters, including:

  • Aboriginal and treaty rights and the duty to consult
  • Consultation and Accommodation
  • Facilitation and negotiation of Resource Development Agreements on Aboriginal lands subject to Title Claims, Aboriginal and treaty rights  and Land Management Codes
  • Specific and Comprehensive Land Claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims and Past Grievance resolution
  • Environmental Assessments, Regulatory Approvals and Interventions
  • Business Advice
  • Advice to Aboriginal communities on governance matters including the facilitation and drafting of related Policies
  • Corporate Structuring
  • Financing and Taxation
  • Partnerships and Strategic Alliances
  • Health, child welfare and education
  • Gaming
  • Program transfers

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