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Throughout our long, deep and innovative history of over 100 years as a firm, and over 25 years in the north our dedicated and diverse law firm has been providing a broad range of strategic advice and direction on regulatory, administrative, environment, labour and employment, governance, corporate, energy issues and more in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Alberta.

Our Indigenous Group has diverse experience and has provided extensive advice and services to governing bodies, people, businesses and Indigenous Peoples. We have and continue to represent First Nation groups in the Northwest Territories and Northern Alberta. These representations include work for settled land claimant corporations and additionally work in unsettled areas. We have been specifically involved in negotiations with industry on behalf of First Nation groups, and in particular, with respect to resource development, we have negotiated numerous impact and benefits types of agreements.

We have assisted with the legal intricacies of Treaty Nations in other jurisdictions and know that the work in NWT is unique in Canada. We feel that we understand the culture and history that make NWT unique. We understand that promoting and protecting a peaceful and consensus-driven society through the administration and integration of governing bodies which respects the role of community members and maintaining harmony, and which adheres to principles and values that are part of First Nation knowledge and culture is one of the main priorities in any dealing with any development in and around traditional lands.

In addition to this, Field is one of leading firms in the representation of person’s with Indian Residential School Claims; members of the firm have travelled to most parts of the NWT and Alberta meeting with clients and developing relationships with local Indigenous administrations. We have provided extensive governance advice and services to First Nation communities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in particular, our group has provided corporate and commercial legal services to First Nation and other Aboriginal closely held corporations with a focus on business development.

The Indian Act in Canada is a Canadian federal law that governs in matters pertaining to Indian status, bands, and Indian reserves. The act authorizes the Canadian federal government to regulate and administer the affairs and day-to-day lives or registered Indians and reserve communities. Field Law offers knowledgeable and extensive services pertaining to the Indian Act, including but not limited to: Indian Residential School Claims, Aboriginal and Treaty rights and negotiation of such rights and titles, Aboriginal Laws, Indigenous Law, Land claims, and Estate administration matters related to the Indian Act.

Bertrand v. Acho Dene Koe First Nation, 2021 FC 287
1985 Sawridge Trust v Alberta (Public Trustee), 2019 ABCA 243
Ladouceur v. Metis Settlement Appeal Tribunal, 2018 ABCA 237
Gauchier v Cunningham, 2013 ABQB 713
Chapman v. L’Hirondelle, 2012 ABCA 25
Alberta (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development) v. Cunningham, 2011 SCC 37
Peavine Metis Settlement v. Alberta (Energy), 2011 ABQB 472
Angus v. Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, 2009 FC 562
Cunningham v. Alberta (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2009 ABCA 239
Chapman v. Anderson, 2006 ABQB 714
Peavine Metis Settlement v. Alberta (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2007 ABQB 517
Catholique v. Lutsel K'e First Nation, [2005] F.C.J. No. 1782, Federal Court of Canada
Elizabeth Metis Settlement v. Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal, 2004 ABCA 418
Seehta Forest Products Ltd. v. Brandt Tractor Ltd., 2003 ABQB 481

Field Law offers extensive services and experience pertaining to Indigenous law including:

  • Providing opinions on Aboriginal and Treaty rights and negotiation of such rights and titles
  • Providing research reports outlining the Courts’ views with respect to various self-government issues
  • Providing advice in relation to a wide range of employment issues, including: preparation of employment contracts and the administration of human resources
  • Providing advice with respect to drafting and assisting in the implementation of various governance matters, including: custom election laws, membership codes, and bylaws
  • Litigating institutional issues
  • Providing advice, research support, preparation and drafting, as well as implementation of, various land and specific claim agreements
  • Negotiating with the Crown and assisting in the development of bylaws with an aim of effective implementation of self-government
  • Assisting in economic development initiatives, including: corporations, joint ventures, limited partnerships and trusts, and related tax issues
  • Reviewing contracts and agreements with the Crown
  • Negotiating resource development agreements in the oil and gas and mining sectors
  • Aboriginal and Treaty rights and negotiation of such rights and titles
  • Comprehensive land claims
  • Specific land claims
  • Drafting and assisting in the implementation of various governance matters, including custom election laws, membership codes, and bylaws
  • Aboriginal + Treaty rights
  • Research reports outlining the Courts’ views with respect to various self-government issues