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What the team is known for

Fasken is a premier law firm with a long history in the Aboriginal law field. It enjoys a notable profile in Vancouver, from where the team is well placed to advise on matters arising in British Columbia and throughout Northern Canada. The indigenous law group advises on a wide array of litigation and consultation matters, as well as acting for business clients on commercial agreements and joint ventures with Indigenous groups. The team is lauded for its extensive experience negotiating and drafting impact and benefit agreements on behalf of major industry players, regularly representing clients from the mining and energy sectors including CGL and BC Hydro. The firm also acts for clients in other industries including real estate and transportation, as well as representing municipalities and Crown corporations.

Strengths

"They are fantastic," according to sources, who also appreciate that the team "provides strategic guidance to us helping to drive better business decisions."

Interviewees say: "The team is highly regarded in the field of Indigenous law, both by their clients and by those on the other side of the table or courtroom."

Work highlights

A Fasken team led by Brenden Hunter acted for AltaLink Management in leading engagement with First Nation groups with respect to proposed transmission line projects in Alberta.

Notable practitioners

Vancouver-based Charles Willms has a wealth of experience in the field of Aboriginal law, including with regard to petroleum and natural gas rights. He is very well versed in dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and garners considerable respect from the market.

Kevin O'Callaghan leads Fasken's Indigenous law group from Vancouver. He advises clients on mining projects and pipeline proposals, providing experience in both strategic and contentious Aboriginal engagement mandates.
"Kevin O'Callaghan is incredibly knowledgeable about our business and the topical issues in the industry."
"His advice is always sound, and he is able to look at the situation, find what additional information is needed, and then can chart a course."

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Overview

Fasken is recognized for having decades of ground breaking experience in the legal aspects of relations with Indigenous communities. With one of Canada’s largest groups focusing on this area, we advise colleagues from all of our other practices and are often sought after directly for our expertise by clients and law firms across Canada and around the world.

Relationships with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) communities are critical to the success of contemporary developments anywhere in Canada. Fasken has hard earned experience in the development of these relationships and the strategies, policies and approaches needed to guide project proponents to successful relationships and outcomes with Indigenous communities.

Members of our group are spread across all our offices and have unparalleled experience in all aspects of Indigenous law in Canada (and around the World), including: reserve land development, consultation and accommodation, commercial agreements, impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) and all aspects of environmental assessment and permitting.

Our experience in all levels of court has allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of Aboriginal law in Canada, but also allowed us to understand the critical importance of establishing good relationships with Indigenous communities from the very beginning of project development.


Aboriginal Law

Fasken

firm
Location

Suite 2400, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street

Bay Adelaide Centre, Box 20

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

M5H 2T6

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Nationwide - Canada

Aboriginal Law


Charles F Willms
Senior Statespeople
Kevin O'Callaghan
Band 2