Matt McPherson


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Matt McPherson is a Partner at OKT. Matt advises First Nations and Indigenous governments and organizations across the country on Aboriginal and treaty rights claims and negotiations, resource development agreements, and environmental regulatory processes.

He has particular experience in matters related to the protection of fisheries and water. He advises on a wide variety of environmental matters, and appears before tribunals such as the Canadian Energy Regulator and land use planning bodies.

Matt frequently advises clients on the duty to consult and accommodate in situations ranging from impact and benefit agreements to cultural protection agreements with developers and governments.  This includes advising Nations on strengthening their internal consultation systems and procedures, and on implementing protections for Indigenous knowledge systems.

He received his LL.B from the University of Victoria, and an MBA from York University, and he clerked at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Matt worked for an international advertising and strategy company.

He is a member of the Law Societies of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

Matt is the co-editor of the 5th edition of the widely-used Aboriginal Law Handbook, and co-organizer of OKT’s annual Duty to Consult and Accommodate Workshop for First Nations. He is recognized as an expert in the field of Aboriginal Law by the Lexpert Directory.

The services of Matt McPherson are provided through a Professional Corporation.

Representative Work

  • Advice to First Nations, as well as regional and national Indigenous organizations, regarding Fisheries Act regulations and policies.
  • Advice to First Nations and Indigenous organizations regarding protection of Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous data sovereignty issues.
  • Counsel to First Nations in exploration agreements and Impact and Benefit Agreements involving mining, oil and gas, and municipal projects.
  • Counsel to First Nation in early exploration mining project resulting in an exploration agreement ensuring protection of community cultural and burial sites.
  • Counsel to a First Nation successfully quashing a mineral exploration permit for inadequate consultation.
  • Counsel to Innu Nation in lawsuit against Hydro-Quebec for damage caused by flooding from the Churchill Falls Generating Station.
  • Counsel to Innu Nation in injunction against Newfoundland and Labrador regarding impacts of financial restructuring of Muskrat Falls Dam on IBA benefits. 
  • Co-counsel to Inuvialuit Regional Corporation in its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada, advocating for the application of UNDRIP in Clyde River (Hamlet).

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