Best Lawyers for Aboriginal Law in Canada

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  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Regulatory Law Aboriginal Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law Energy Regulatory Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Environmental Law Aboriginal Law Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Aboriginal Law Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Class Action Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice International Arbitration Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
Sandra A. Gogal was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Sandra A. Gogal

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law Appellate Practice Privacy and Data Security Law Criminal Defence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Family Law Labour and Employment Law Aboriginal Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Public Procurement Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Aboriginal Law Mining Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Aboriginal Law Natural Resources Law Transportation Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
Simon B. Margolis, Q.C. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Simon B. Margolis, Q.C.

Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Aboriginal Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Environmental Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Labour and Employment Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Saguenay, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Regulatory Law Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law

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Practice Area Definition

Aboriginal Law Definition

Aboriginal law in Canada, in its broadest sense, is law about Aboriginal people; namely First Nations people (e.g. the Dene people or the Cree people), Inuit, people and Metis people (i.e. a distinct group of people created from the union of First Nations people and Europeans).  

Much of Aboriginal law is about four important concepts: Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights, Treaty rights, and the closely associated duty of consultation and accommodation. All of these rights are protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Aboriginal title recognizes that Aboriginal people have property rights to Canada due to occupation before assertion of European control/sovereignty. These property rights are held communally by Aboriginal nations and can only be sold to the Crown, not private parties. Title is seen commonly in areas without treaties, such as British Columbia or the Maritimes.

Aboriginal rights arise from practices, customs, and traditions integral to an Aboriginal group at the time of European contact (or effective control in the case of the Metis). Examples include the right to hunt for food or in some cases the right to harvest fish commercially. Aboriginal rights are seen across Canada. 

Treaty rights arise from treaties between Aboriginal people and the Crown. It is a solemn contract and treaty promises can depend on the treaty text. The treaties in the Prairie provinces are known as “surrender” treaties as the treaty cedes land to the Crown in exchange for treaty rights such as the right to hunt for food or the creation of reserve land. Many, if not all, First Nation people dispute that they have extinguished their rights to land as asserted in the treaty.

Finally, the duty of consultation and accommodation is an obligation on the Crown (Federal or Provincial) to engage an Aboriginal group before the Crown makes a decision to do something (e.g. allow tree harvesting or allocate Crown land) that may adversely impact proven or asserted rights. This is an important obligation designed to inform the Crown decision making process by ensuring Aboriginal perspectives on Crown action are brought forward before decisions are made.

Many lawyers assist resource developers, First Nations, and the Crown on the duty of consultation as a part of the regulatory process, which is required if development is to occur. Further, many lawyers assist First Nation and the Crown in addressing title, rights, and treaty claims. 

Aboriginal law in Canada, in its broadest sense, is law about Aboriginal people; namely First Nations people (e.g. the Dene people or the Cree people), Inuit, people and Metis people (i.e. a distinct group of people created from the union of First Nations people and Europeans).  

Much of Aboriginal law is about four important concepts: Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights, Treaty rights, and the closely associated duty of consultation and accommodation. All of these rights are protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Aboriginal title recognizes that Aboriginal people have property rights to Canada due to occupation before assertion of European control/sovereignty. These property rights are held communally by Aboriginal nations and can only be sold to the Crown, not private parties. Title is seen commonly in areas without treaties, such as British Columbia or the Maritimes.

Aboriginal rights arise from practices, customs, and traditions integral to an Aboriginal group at the time of European contact (or effective control in the case of the Metis). Examples include the right to hunt for food or in some cases the right to harvest fish commercially. Aboriginal rights are seen across Canada. 

Treaty rights arise from treaties between Aboriginal people and the Crown. It is a solemn contract and treaty promises can depend on the treaty text. The treaties in the Prairie provinces are known as “surrender” treaties as the treaty cedes land to the Crown in exchange for treaty rights such as the right to hunt for food or the creation of reserve land. Many, if not all, First Nation people dispute that they have extinguished their rights to land as asserted in the treaty.

Finally, the duty of consultation and accommodation is an obligation on the Crown (Federal or Provincial) to engage an Aboriginal group before the Crown makes a decision to do something (e.g. allow tree harvesting or allocate Crown land) that may adversely impact proven or asserted rights. This is an important obligation designed to inform the Crown decision making process by ensuring Aboriginal perspectives on Crown action are brought forward before decisions are made.

Many lawyers assist resource developers, First Nations, and the Crown on the duty of consultation as a part of the regulatory process, which is required if development is to occur. Further, many lawyers assist First Nation and the Crown in addressing title, rights, and treaty claims.