Pape Salter Teillet LLP assists our clients in advancing the rights and interests of their communities through self-government, environmental stewardship and economic self-sufficiency, and litigation.
Our firm does extensive work with Indigenous communities to advance self-government in practical and meaningful ways. Our broad range of work in this area includes being counsel in the negotiation of many of the modern treaties in the Yukon as well as the Tlicho Agreement in the Northwest Territories. We are actively involved in ongoing treaty negotiations in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. We have worked with our clients to establish land use plans, bodies of law, internal governance policies, effective community consultation processes and other self-governance opportunities.
Our community-based approach and effective use of recent legal developments relating to consultation and accommodation allows us to help our clients expand and strengthen their roles as stewards of their traditional territories and to share in economic opportunities generated by development projects. This work has included negotiating impacts and benefits agreements, resource sharing arrangements and partnership opportunities for clients across the country. For example:
Our firm recognizes that there are times when Indigenous communities need to work through the courts to secure their rights and protect their interests. Our firm has appeared at the Supreme Court more than twenty times, including many of the most important Indigenous rights cases of the past thirty years.
By having a team that includes both negotiators and litigators, our firm is able to develop integrated solutions to complex legal problems. We believe this integrated approach has been fundamental to many of the successes achieved by our clients.
Our firm aims to ensure recognition of our clients’ rights throughout their territory, including the right to be stewards of the lands and waters that sustain their people, to be respected as decision-makers for their territory and to share equitably in the wealth generated from their territory.
We have been fortunate to work with strong and committed Aboriginal communities, nations and governments across Canada and to help them achieve some significant successes.