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Indigenous

Our team has extensive experience advising clients in every jurisdiction in Canada on the full extent of Indigenous law, consultation, benefits agreements and related litigation issues, which includes the drafting of hundreds of agreements with aboriginal groups in almost every province and territory in Canada. We provide comprehensive and national services to our clients dealing with Indigenous legal matters, both as part of the regulatory approvals process, agreement negotiations and other matters.

We provide clients with advice on the Crown’s Duty to Consult as well as with regard to reviewing, drafting and negotiating Memoranda of Understanding, Consultation Agreements, Benefit and Access Agreements, Impact Benefit Agreements, Participation Agreements and Surface Access and Treaty Land Entitlement Agreements. We have also had extensive experience drafting and negotiating land tenure agreements on Indian Reserve Land and First Nation Land Management Act lands and negotiating and securing projects under the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act.

Our Indigenous law practitioners are Industry leaders and have also represented numerous industry clients in a wide array of Indigenous law related litigation before all levels of court and regulatory boards across Canada. In addition, we also frequently provide strategic government relations and negotiation-related advice to industry clients on aboriginal matters. We believe our lawyers have represented more industry clients, before more courts, in more jurisdictions in Canada on these matters than any other law firm in the country.

Key Contacts

Sander Duncanson

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Calgary

Richard J. King

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Toronto


Representative Work


Latest Insights

  • Osler Update May 3, 2024

    BC Hydro’s request for proposals reinforces foundation for Indigenous participation in clean energy future

    We address the actions taken by power authorities across Canada to encourage Indigenous participation in new energy-generating projects.

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    BC Hydro’s request for proposals reinforces foundation for Indigenous participation in clean energy future
  • Osler Update May 2, 2024

    Amendments to Impact Assessment Act released – triage or major surgery?

    The Canadian federal government has released draft amendments to the Impact Assessment Act responding to the October 2023 constitutional reference.

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    Amendments to Impact Assessment Act released – triage or major surgery?
  • Webinar Apr 30, 2024

    Indigenous Law Insights: SCC interpretation of individual charter rights vs. collective Indigenous rights and federal duty to consult breach

    Staying abreast of developments in Indigenous law and policy is critical for legal and business professionals in many industries across Canada. To hel...

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    Indigenous Law Insights: SCC interpretation of individual charter rights vs. collective Indigenous rights and federal duty to consult breach
  • Osler Update Apr 17, 2024

    Supreme Court of Canada applies the Charter to Indigenous government

    The Supreme Court of Canada recently settled important questions regarding the interplay between the collective rights of Indigenous peoples and indiv...

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    Supreme Court of Canada applies the Charter to Indigenous government
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Aboriginal Law
    • “Their main strength is their wealth of knowledge; they’re the best when it comes to the experience that they’ve had.”
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Aboriginal Law
    • “Lawyers in Osler’s environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law practice understand the business challenges and legal obligations surrounding title, land rights, duty to consult and accommodation requirements, among other Aboriginal law issues.”
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Indigenous Law

In the Media

  • Osler News Mar 12, 2024

    Brad Gilmour joins Osler’s Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental group as a partner

    Brad specializes in complex regulatory and environmental approvals for some of Canada’s largest and most important projects, advising clients across t...

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  • Osler News Oct 26, 2022

    Sander Duncanson named Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land Co-Chair

    Osler announces that Sander Duncanson is the new Co-Chair of the firm’s Regulatory, Environmental, Indigenous and Land practice.

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  • Osler News Aug 25, 2022

    Osler recognized in 2023 edition of Best Lawyers Canada

    Congratulations to 170 of our lawyers who have been ranked across multiple practice areas and 13 who earned recognition as “Lawyer of the Year”.

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  • Osler News May 9, 2022

    Maureen Killoran, QC, named Energy/Resources Litigator of the Year at the 2022 Benchmark Canada Awards

    Osler is proud to announce that National Co-Chair Maureen Killoran, QC, was named Energy/Resources Litigator of the Year at the 2022 Benchmark Canada ...

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