Aboriginal Law

We act as general legal counsel to First Nations and Métis settlements throughout the Province of Alberta. We are also familiar with commercial and business activities undertaken by First Nations and the issues that can sometimes arise. Our lawyers act for several corporations created by and controlled by Aboriginal groups.

We have extensive knowledge of laws applying to First Nations, and lawyers in our firm have a history of consulting with government agencies and departments on legislation, both in the drafting context and in its operation, with respect to Aboriginal issues.

For example, lawyers in our firm were actively involved in the drafting and review of the Métis Settlements Act. This makes our firm unique in that we have in-depth knowledge of the history of the Métis settlements, the previously existing legislation, and how and why the current Métis Settlements Act came to be. In addition, our senior Counsel, William Hurlburt, Q.C., was extensively involved in the establishment of the Métis land registry system.

We are particularly knowledgeable about the following First Nations laws, including how they relate to other legislation:

  • Indian Act
  • Métis Settlements Act
  • Métis Settlements Accord Implementation Act
  • Métis Settlements Land Protection Act

We provide timely advice on matters as diverse as:

  • bylaws, bylaw review and bylaw enforcement
  • community development
  • constitutional issues
  • corporate issues including contracts and agreements
  • election issues
  • employment issues
  • environmental protection
  • fraud investigation
  • health services issues including confidentiality of medical records
  • land and housing issues
  • lending and financing issues
  • litigation
  • policy development
  • resource development
  • risk analysis and risk minimization
  • working with the Métis Settlements General Council