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Our Services

We’re here to work for Indigenous communities to help them get the most out of the Canadian legal system.

We understand the practical challenges that Indigenous governments, organizations, and people face when dealing with Canadian law – whether that’s in the courts, in the boardroom, or at the negotiating table.

If there is a way that the Canadian legal system can benefit your community, chances are we provide that kind of service. We formulate legal strategies in conjunction with our clients, with Indigenous self-determination as the foundation of what we do.

Class Action Litigation on Drinking Water Advisories on First Nations Reserves

 

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Acting on behalf of First Nations, Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP along with McCarthy Tétrault LLP have commenced national class action litigation against the Attorney General of Canada for failing to address prolonged drinking-water advisories on First Nations reserves across Canada. The members of these communities are forced…

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Protecting Rights

OKT is a forceful advocate for Aboriginal and treaty rights. We find creative solutions to protect your rights using all the tools of Canadian law. Our broad expertise includes modern land claim negotiations and implementation, litigation (from the Supreme Court of Canada to regulatory tribunals), situations involving the duty to consult and accommodate, and many others. 
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Economic Development

Our lawyers are well-versed in both corporate law and in all aspects of Aboriginal rights law. We work diligently and effectively to get the right deal done. OKT advises on establishing and financing entities, with a focus on renewable energy and resource development.  We are leaders in the Impact and Benefit Agreement field, having advised on over 200 IBAs across Canada.

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Managing Lands and Resources

OKT’s lawyers have decades of experience helping Indigenous clients reduce constraints on their inherent sovereignty and use Canadian law to their advantage. We have worked extensively with legislation affecting Indigenous peoples including the Indian Act, First Nations Land Management Act, and environmental legislation.  We advise on protecting lands and cultural and burial sites, including through establishing parks and co-management regimes.

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Strengthening Self-Government

OKT advises Indigenous clients on self-government and jurisdiction, social services, employment, labour and human rights law, and on governance structures and policies to meet clients’ goals of building self-determining and accountable governments that reflect their Indigenous laws. Our objective is to help our clients control costs, manage risk, and develop and maintain internal, long-term capacity for thriving governments and institutions.

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