Projects affecting First Nations interests often involve complex commercial and regulatory issues, as well as Indigenous title and rights.
Creating a successful path forward for these projects requires benefit sharing with impacted First Nations and the protection of their environmental and cultural values. Farris lawyers draw on a wealth of corporate commercial experience and a deep understanding of Aboriginal law to deliver results that ensure sustainable economic development. Our expertise spans a broad range of industries including energy, forestry, mining and infrastructure projects.
We advise First Nations on a broad range of matters including corporate structuring, financing, and tax considerations. Our lawyers provide guidance during the negotiation of commercial agreements, and participation and benefit agreements with industry and government actors. We assist First Nations groups in the strategic use of their treaty and land rights to ensure meaningful involvement in economic development projects.
Our lawyers also represent companies and government entities engaged in natural resource and land development projects that involve First Nations land claims and treaty rights. We assist these clients with consultations with First Nations groups, negotiation of commercial agreements and participation and benefit agreements. We also advise companies on related regulatory matters including permits and environmental assessments.