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Field Law has a solid background working with the members of numerous First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. Our team of dedicated professionals has developed a thorough understanding of the many issues facing these individuals and communities. In particular, our lawyers have experience with business development and tax matters specific to businesses and enterprises owned and operated by Aboriginal people in all sectors of the economy.

Field Law offers extensive services and experience pertaining to Aboriginal 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
Twinn v. Her Majesty, Federal Court of Canada
1985 Sawridge Trust v Kennedy, 2017 ABCA 368
Cunningham v. Alberta (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2009 ABCA 53, Alberta Court of Appeal
Cunningham v. Alberta (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), 2008 ABCA 83, Alberta Court of Appeal
Sawridge Band v. Canada, 2008 FC 322, Federal Court (Trial Division)
Peavine Metis Settlement v. Alberta (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development), [2007] A.J. No. 913, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Sawridge Band v. Canada, 2007 FC 657, Federal Court (Trial Division)
Catholique v. Lutsel K'e First Nation, [2005] F.C.J. No. 1782, Federal Court of Canada
Blueberry River Indian Band v. Canada (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), [2001] F.C.J. No. 725, Federal Court of Appeal
Blueberry River Indian Band v. Canada (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development) (C.A.), [2001] 4 F.C. 451, Federal Court of Appeal
Blueberry River Indian Band v. Canada (Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development), [1998] F.C.J. No. 1722, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Long Lake Cree Nation v. Canada (Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs), [1995] F.C.J. No. 1020, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada, [1995] F.C.J. No. 612, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada, [1995] F.C.J. No. 1013, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada, [1995] 4 C.N.L.R. 121, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada (T.D.), [1996] 1 F.C. 3, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada, [1993] F.C.J. No. 1087, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
Sawridge Band v. Canada, [1994] 3 C.N.L.R. 179, Federal Court of Appeal, Trial Division
June 2017
Accessing Capital for Equity Partnerships
Presentations
Finance and Tax Essentials for Indigenous Economic Ventures, Resource Development and Projects
May 2017
Financial and Tax Essentials in First Nations Land and Resource Development – Revenue Sharing, Equity Participation, Financial Governance Structures and More
Presentations
September 2002
The Venne Decision
September 2002
First Nations Government Act