Aboriginal

Effective engagement with all stakeholders is critical to the success of projects and developments affecting Aboriginal and First Nations interests. Stikeman Elliott brings its leading business law expertise to the rapidly evolving Aboriginal law landscape, working with our clients to create economically and environmentally viable business solutions that encourage empowerment, participation and long-term project support from Aboriginal and First Nations participants.

We understand the perspectives and priorities of all parties in Aboriginal engagement from coast to coast to coast. We have particular expertise in the assessment, negotiation and strategic management of Aboriginal issues for project developers on treaty and non-treaty lands. Our experience includes advising on the negotiation of partnerships, joint venture arrangements and benefit agreements, as well as on Crown consultations. In addition to acting on all the modern-day First Nations treaties in British Columbia, we represent developers and First Nations groups across Canada in on-going projects regarding the growth of infrastructure, energy production and natural resource extraction.

As counsel to Aboriginal and First Nations groups – as well as to the governments, developers and lenders whose plans and projects impact their communities – we understand the perspectives and priorities of all parties. This allows us to effectively identify solutions to the complex issues that affect these projects.