Practice Profile


The lawyers of Cassels Brock bring extensive expertise and a multi-disciplinary approach to their work with industry, government and Aboriginal peoples (including First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Innu) in connection with business transactions and public policy decisions affected by Aboriginal issues and Aboriginal law.

Known for our extensive client base in the mining and energy sectors, which puts us in front of Aboriginal (First Nations) issues on a regular basis, our lawyers have been and continue to be  involved in many significant matters involving Aboriginal rights and interests. Cassels Brock lawyers have experience advising clients in consultation matters, including negotiating and drafting memoranda of understanding, consultation agreements, access agreements, impact/benefit agreements, participation agreements, treaty land entitlement agreements, exploration agreements and other documentation related to activities involving Aboriginal peoples.

Cassels Brock is also well known for the work done by The Honourable David Peterson, a former Premier of Ontario and Chairman Emeritus of the firm widely respected for his support of reconciliation and strong relationships and high standing with governmental, industry and Aboriginal leaders.

Representative Transactions

Acting as Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada (Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) in respect of the transfer of legislative authority over lands and resources in the Northwest Territories to the Government of the Northwest Territories - this included negotiating and settling an Agreement in Principle with the GNWT and the NWT Aboriginal Summit (Inuvialuit, Gwitchin, Sahtu, Akaitcho, Tlicho and NWT Métis Nation) for the transfer of legislative authority, resource revenue sharing, transfer of assets, governance forums, environmental panels and related obligations, and integration of land and water boards