Larry Innes


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Larry is a partner at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP practicing in the area of indigenous rights and environmental law. Larry has worked with First Nations on lands and resources issues for more than 25 years, and has developed extensive experience in the negotiation of impacts and benefits agreements, environmental assessment, co-management measures and treaty provisions. He currently represents and advises First Nations dealing with major mining, forestry and energy developments, and is also involved in several leading First Nation conservation and land use planning initiatives across Canada.

Larry is called to the bar in Ontario, Alberta, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a JD from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and is a graduate of McMaster University’s Arts & Science Programme. He resides in Yellowknife.

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  • Presentation, “Aboriginal priorities and environmental grantmaking”, May 16, 2005, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Association (King County NS).
  • Guest Lecturer in Discovery Lecture, “Aboriginal Rights and Sustainable Forest Management”, February 10, 2005, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
  • Presentation, “International Wilderness Law and the Canadian Context”, November 14, 2004, International Wilderness Law Experts Workshop (Washington, DC).
  • Larry Innes (with L. Moores), “The ecosystem approach in practice: developing sustainable forestry in Central Labrador, Canada” (Paper presented at the World Forest Congress XII, September 23, 2003).
  • Presentation, “Impact of Haida Nation v. Weyerhauser on resource development”, April 5, 2002, Aboriginal Law Section, Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland & Labrador Section (St. John’s, NL).
  • Larry Innes (with A. Tasker, P-Y Daoust), “Relationships Between Traditional Innu Harvesting Practices, Environmental Contaminants and Wildlife and Human Health/Exposure” (Sheshatshiu: Innu Nation, 2002).
  • Presentation, “Forest Co-Management and the Innu Experience”, November 7, 2001, National Roundtable on the Economy and Environment (Winnipeg).
  • Larry Innes, “Staking Claims: Innu Rights and Mining Claims at Voisey’s Bay” (Spring 2000) 25:1 Cultural Survival Quarterly at 12.
  • Larry Innes (with D. Ashini), “An Innu Approach to the Environmental Assessment of Megaprojects” (Paper presented at Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists AGM, St. John’s, NL, Oct 2, 1998).
  • Larry Innes, “Innu Environmental Discourse” (Toronto: Faculty of Environmental Studies York University, 1998).
  • Larry Innes, “Innu Environmental Knowledge: Aquatic Ecosystems of Kapukuanipant-kauashat/Voisey’s Bay” (Sheshatshiu: Innu Nation, 1997).
  • Larry Innes, “Aboriginal Rights and Interpretative Responsibility” (September 1997) 4:3 E:Law – The University of Melbourne Electronic Law Review.