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First Nations Litigation

Farris litigators regularly represent First Nations and Aboriginal organizations before the courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada) and before regulatory boards and tribunals (including the National Energy Board). Our litigators have represented include the Assembly of First Nations, Haida Nation, Tsawwassen First Nation, Tsilhqot’in Nation, Gitxaala Nation and the Stó:lō Tribal Council. We act on the First Nations side in title and rights claims, challenges to Aboriginal treaties, reviews of industrial projects impacting on Aboriginal rights, and claims to advance costs. Our litigators have been involved in many leading cases in Aboriginal law, including:

  • Roger William (Tsilhqot’in First Nation) v. British Columbia
  • Beckman v. Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation
  • R. v. Kapp
  • Paul v. British Columbia (Forest Appeals Commission)
  • Campbell v. British Columbia (Attorney General)
  • Delgamuukw v. British Columbia

Our litigators work closely with our solicitors to provide comprehensive legal support, including with respect to consultations and negotiations with government and industry over major projects.

Litigators who have particular expertise in Aboriginal law include:

Our Lawyers

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Robert J. McDonell Partner rmcdonell@farris.com 604 661 9371
David E. Gruber Partner dgruber@farris.com 604 661 9361
Jason K. Yamashita Associate jyamashita@farris.com 604 661 9347