Aboriginal Law

COVID19 and Temporary Office Closure

As of April 28, 2021, in view of guidance from provincial Public Health, Burchells LLP's offices at 1801 Hollis Street are temporarily closed to the public. We are hopeful this closure can be reversed in a couple of weeks, but will take our guidance from Public Health and the province.

In the meantime our IT resources are more than sufficient, and Burchells' lawyers and staff remain hard at work delivering results for our clients.  It's business-as-usual.  Don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email.

Practicing Lawyers

Select from the lawyers listed below to learn more about how Burchells can offer comprehensive legal advice.

Ashley Hamp-Gonsalves

Brennan W. MacDonald

D. Bruce Clarke, QC

Derek A. Simon

Garnet E. Brooks

Jason Cooke

Naiomi W. Metallic

Roy T. Stewart

Look at summaries and documents from our current Aboriginal Law matters at the following link: CURRENT CASES

Burchells LLP has the region's largest Aboriginal Law practice, providing legal advice to Aboriginal Peoples in various parts of Canada since 1985 when we acted in support of Treaty Rights in the R. v. Simon case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Since that successful beginning, the lawyers in Burchells' Aboriginal Law Group have acted in many leading cases on behalf of Aboriginal Peoples. That list includes cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Superior Courts of Alberta, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and a number of Provincial Courts.

In addition to litigating Aboriginal and Treaty rights, Burchells has successfully worked on behalf of First Nations, Tribal Councils and other Aboriginal Peoples' political and governance organisations in dealing with a whole range of issues that include:

  • Aboriginal Rights and Title and Treaty Rights
  • By-Laws, Band Council Resolutions and Custom Codes
  • Business and Investment
  • Consultation and Accommodation
  • Court Challenges to Government Decisions
  • Economic Development and Social Development
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Laws and Agreements
  • Governance and Elections
  • Harvesting Agreements
  • Human Rights and Equality
  • The Indian Act and related legislation
  • Impacts and Benefits Agreements
  • International Law and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Labour and Employment
  • Land Management, Residency and Housing
  • Membership and Citizenship
  • Relationships with Industry
  • Self-Government
  • Specific and Comprehensive Claims
  • Taxation
  • Trusts

In addition to its leading role in Aboriginal Law Burchells is well recognized for its general litigation and business related practices, which are of course of interest to Aboriginal Peoples. Burchells' long standing working relationships with many Aboriginal groups prepare us to deal with the specific social and cultural matters that can arise when providing legal advice concerning these areas of law. We offer comprehensive legal advice in a sensitive and supportive environment.