Blakes is among Canada’s leading advisers on Aboriginal issues. We understand Aboriginal issues, applicable laws and legal protections, tribal rights and governance concerns. We advise clients on the application of rapidly evolving international principles in Canada, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
We advise clients across Canada on Aboriginal consultation/accommodation considerations impacting business activities, develop impact and benefit agreements, and advise on consultation obligations and regulatory matters. We counsel on the Aboriginal law aspects of M&A transactions, from early due diligence to managing Aboriginal-related risks and relationships through closing and beyond.
Our litigation lawyers successfully defend clients against challenges to government permits for natural resource development.
Our corporate lawyers represent industry clients and Aboriginal groups on commercial ventures and opportunities, including the negotiation of partnerships or joint ventures for business with Aboriginal peoples, or located on Aboriginal territories.
The group has experience in project financing, including the financing and development of commercial real estate on Aboriginal lands.
Blakes is at the forefront of dealing with taxation issues; often a critical component with business structures involving Aboriginal peoples.