We believe in respect as a cornerstone of all relationships.
For far, far too long Indigenous peoples have been disempowered and disrespected as a result of the onslaught of settler society and the impacts to personal security, families, cultures, languages, spiritual traditions and lifeways, lands and resources, and stewardship responsibilities.
We are excited to work with Indigenous peoples changing the dynamic, using our legal skills and experience to remind the Crown, industry, companies, municipalities, and Canadians generally that respect must also be the basis of their relationships with you in more than just words.
It takes immense courage for Indigenous peoples to deal with the issues facing them and their communities. We use our skill and experience to assist with these challenges at the Nation, community, family, and individual levels, working with Indigenous clients to carve out space for them to be who they are in their own societies and in what is now Canada.
We are your advocates and allies in getting conversations with Crown, industry and others to places that matter and make a difference to you and your people. Let us stand strong with you and for you.
We know that our clients continue to have rich and vibrant societies, including legal and governance systems, knowledge, experience, and spiritual lifeways, wellsprings to draw upon that go back countless generations. We also know that deep connections to lands and all they contain continue to be vital not only to our clients’ societies and identities but also to sacred relationships and responsibilities. We believe in the power of Indigenous lifeways (‘culture’) to maintain and transform communities, families, individuals and foundational relationships.
We understand that culture and heritage are about relationships: to others, your lands, sacred responsibilities entrusted to you, to all that is, to self, to past, present, and your future generations. We don’t talk to Crown and industry representatives and judges about “Aboriginal rights and title” as mere words or hollow legal concepts. We talk about them as part of who you are.