Aboriginal Law

JFK Law focuses on providing aboriginal law services to First Nations, First Nations organizations, Indian bands and First Nations individuals.  We provide a wide range of services including:

  • constitutional litigation relating to aboriginal and treaty rights;
  • consultation support and advice;
  • judicial reviews of Crown decisions;
  • negotiation and implementation of impact benefit agreements;
  • modern treaty negotiations;
  • implementation of land claims agreements;
  • reserve land and property issues; and
  • Indian Act taxation exemptions

Our lawyers have decades of experience in assisting First Nations in court, before boards and tribunals and at the negotiating table.  We pride ourselves on being able to provide strategic advice and implementation in a range of settings.

Our firm has represented First Nations and their members in courts in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the Yukon Territory.  We have appeared in the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our work is not limited to the courtroom, as a major part of our practice is dedicated to assisting First Nations involved in the British Columbia Treaty process, and negotiating accommodation agreements or strategic engagement agreements. We have helped advance the law of aboriginal title, aboriginal rights, and treaty rights, as well as the duty to consult.  We have represented bands in dealing with difficult on-reserve issues in relation to both their own members and outsiders, and successfully assisted individuals seeking benefits under the s. 87 Tax exemption.

Additionally, we have assisted both aboriginal and non-aboriginal clients in Charter litigation aimed at advancing individual rights, including freedom from discrimination and protection of security of the person.

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