Nancy J Kleer


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Nancy Kleer is one of the founding partners of OKT. In her practice of Aboriginal rights and environmental law, she represents First Nations and Aboriginal clients responding to a variety of resource developments, such as mineral exploration, mining, and hydroelectric development, in negotiations and litigation. Nancy also advises on federal and provincial environmental protection and assessment law, appearing before various environmental tribunals. She provides legal advice and does legal drafting on issues addressed in negotiations for comprehensive land claims, Aboriginal self-government, and impacts and benefits agreements with resource and industrial developers and First Nations.

Nancy has assisted in settling long-standing grievances between First Nations and Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Networks. She has also worked on the completion of a number of trusts for First Nations. She has done extensive legal work to establish new Indian reserves under the Additions to Reserve Policy, and provides advice on Band Council governance issues and reserve land management.

Nancy was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Toronto Aboriginal Law "Lawyer of the Year” and has been listed with Best Lawyers in the area of Aboriginal Law since 2006 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). She is listed as “most frequently recommended” by Lexpert Directory.  Nancy is a member of the Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador bars.

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  • Presentation, “Travelling the Mikisew Cree Road to the Roads, Cleared Forests and Mines in NAN Territory: Treaty Harvesting Rights and Resource Development”, March 9, 2006, NAN Harvesters Conference (Thunder Bay).
  • Presentation, “Finding and Keeping Money: Funding Aboriginal Litigation, Litigation Alternatives and Making Litigated and Negotiated Settlements Stick”, June 6-7, 2002, Pacific Business & Law Institute (Ottawa).
  • Presentation (with C. Marlatt and P. Recollet), “What Needs to be Negotiated: A Guide to Impacts and benefits agreements”, April 23-24, 2001, The Canadian Institute (Toronto).
  • Presentation (with J. Olthuis), “Legal Update: What’s New on Indian Reserve Lands?”, May 25-26, 2000, Aboriginal Land Management and Property Development Strategies – Insight Information Co. (Toronto).
  • Nancy Kleer (with J. Olthuis), “Evidence in Aboriginal Title and other Aboriginal Rights Cases after Delgamuukw and Van der Peet” (Paper prepared for Special Lectures of the Law Society of Upper Canada 2000: Constitutional and Administrative Law, June 8-9, 2000).
  • Presentation, “Leasing and Environmental Protection of Aboriginal Lands by First Nation communities”, May 25-26, 2000, Aboriginal Land Management and Property Development Strategies – Insight Information Co. (Toronto).
  • Presentation, “What is CEAA getting right and wrong?: Reflections based on the Voisey’s Bay Environmental Assessment”, January 24-25, 2000, Practical Strategies for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act – Centrum Information (Toronto).
  • Presentation, “Mineral Exploration — From Aboriginal Groups’ Points of View”, October 1996, Nuggets: A Motherlode of Useful Natural Resource and Real Property – Canadian Bar Association (Toronto).
  • Presentation, “Equality Rights: Impact on Energy and Environmental Issues”, 1994, Roads to Equality – Canadian Bar Association (Toronto).
  • Presentation (with L. Rotman),“Environmental Protection and First Nations: Changing the Status Quo”, March 1-2, 1993, Doing Business with First Nations, The Canadian Institute (Toronto).
  • Presentation (with D. Hunter and G. McKibbon), “Rural Development: Environmental and Planning Issues”, June 6, 1989, From the Barnyard to the Boardroom: Issues in Rural Practice – Canadian Bar Association (Toronto).
  • Presentation (with D. Hunter), “Environmental Considerations in the Context of a Friendly Take-Over”, May 19, 1989, Anatomy of a Friendly Takeover – Insight Information (Toronto).
  • Presentation (with D. Hunter), “Environmental Prosecutions in Ontario”, December 2, 1988, Corporate Crime in Canada – Law Society of Upper Canada (Toronto).