André Bear

Articling Student

He/Him/His

André Bear is a Nêhîyaw (Plains-Cree) educator and advocate of Inherent & Treaty rights. He’s a law graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, and began articling with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP in 2022. 

For years prior, he served the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Assembly of First Nations and others as an elected youth leader and later became a political consultant. At 21 years old André was appointed as an advisor to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Canada for the implementation of TRC Call to Action 66. 

Since 2019, André has published articles for CBC to teach the general public about Indigenous issues and worldview in Canada.

He most recently completed the Osgoode Hall Law School intensive program on Indigenous governance, and served on the Indigenous Bar Association Board of Directors and the Canadian Juries Commission.

Practice Areas

  • Protecting Rights 
  • Enforcing Rights
  • Duty to Consult and Accommodate
  • Affirming Rights 
  • Breaches of Treaty and Aboriginal Rights
  • UNDRIP and FPIC
  • Economic Development
  • On-Reserve Development
  • Strengthening Self-Government
  • By-Laws and Protocols
  • Lawmaking and Governance
  • Policy Development
  • Renewable Energy Projects