Since contact, the lands and resources of many First Nations have been taken over by other users, without permission or treaty-making. Treaty-making is about re-gaining control over lands, resources, and governance so that there are opportunities to create a better future where First Nations have more say throughout the territory.
Modern treaty negotiation is complex and requires a careful, thorough, and sensitive approach. These processes involve understanding a First Nation, its history, and unique character. The context of each treaty negotiation brings its own challenges and opportunities based on culture, history, geography, and goals.
Treaty negotiation requires careful preparation, working with leadership to ensure communities are informed, knowing what can or cannot be achieved though treaty, knowing the alternatives to treaty negotiations when necessary, and being able to think creatively and strategically.
JFK Law has worked closely with several First Nations at different stages of the treaty process. This work has included helping to develop a strategic vision; helping to negotiate a land and cash package; helping with community outreach; and assisting in the detailed drafting and negotiating to get to an agreement. We offer First Nations the depth of knowledge, experience and service needed to allow the nation to advance their cause and strengthen their position at the negotiating table. Our commitment is to give practical advice, determined support, and imaginative counsel to assist nations in the treaty process to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Our firm also provides legal advice and negotiates to settle long-outstanding claims to Treaty Land Entitlement, and can also assist First Nations in advancing specific claims.
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