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Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Aboriginal Law

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What the team is known for

Gowling WLG houses an impressive Aboriginal law team that offers assistance to clients including the Piikani and Kwikwetlem First Nations. The group's counsel spans a range of areas including treaty and inherent rights, duty to consult and impact benefit agreements, self-government and economic development. Working collaboratively with colleagues in the energy, infrastructure and mining fields, the group also has substantial experience representing private industry and project proponents in their dealings with Aboriginal communities. The firm enjoys a notable profile in Québec; its work has also involved matters concerning Aboriginal rights and title in Newfoundland and Labrador. The team is active assisting First Nations organisations as project proponents in the renewable energy space.

Strengths

The team is "very well respected as a whole," noted one source, appreciating that they "recruit and retain highly skilled, ethical professionals."

The firm "has attracted and retained a significant cadre of practitioners with broad expertise as well as significant experience in dealing with Aboriginal law issues," lauded another interviewee.

Work highlights

Caireen Hanert led a team advising the Piikani Nation on the financing of the now constructed Piikani travel centre.

Notable practitioners

Brian Crane QC is a seasoned and highly regarded Aboriginal law lawyer who is well known for his representation of Indigenous clients in disputes, as well as advising on arbitration and mediation. His practice also includes the negotiation of native land claims.

Vancouver-based Maxime Faille operates a reputed Aboriginal law practice experienced in the representation of Indigenous clients in litigation, including class actions, as well as in treaty negotiations.
"His main strength is the demonstrated litigation expertise that provides solid and strategic options to address the conflicts at play." "He is very efficient and succinct in developing approaches and arguments."

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Overview

Gowling WLG is home to one of the largest and most respected Indigenous law practices in Canada.

Since the 1950s, we have been at the forefront of Indigenous law in Canada. We've worked alongside Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in landmark self-government agreements, resource development projects and Supreme Court cases. We've also acted for project proponents and governments at every level.

This singular legacy enables us to provide you with sophisticated legal advice in every aspect of Indigenous law – delivering practical, cost-effective solutions that help you advance your vision and achieve your goals.

As a full-service law firm, Gowling WLG is equipped to meet your diverse legal needs – from treaty rights and inherent rights, land claims, self-government, taxes and trusts to energy, mining, economic development and environmental matters.

We actively recruit lawyers of Indigenous ancestry and support numerous initiatives that promote their advancement in the legal profession.

In addition, Gowling WLG is one of the only full-service law firms in Canada that acts for Indigenous clients, as well as private industry, project proponents and all levels of government. Our clients benefit from our in-depth insight into the views of parties on all sides of the table, and the national scope of our practice gives you the benefit of best practices and strategies from across the country.

Aboriginal Law

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

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Location

1600-1 First Canadian Place

100 King Street West

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5X 1G5

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Nationwide - Canada

Aboriginal Law - Representation of Indigenous Peoples


Brian Crane QC
Senior Statespeople
Maxime Faille
Band 1