Janelle Dwyer featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

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Janelle Dwyer was featured in an article by Richard Foot titled “An Economic Transformation – Legal Report: Aboriginal Law” in the April 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer Magazine. The article discusses the recent trend of greater economic development taking place in aboriginal communities and the lawyers who are assisting First Nations to reach their economic development goals. Richard Foot stated: “Dwyer provides standard…

The High Demand for Aboriginal Lawyers

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Janelle Dwyer of our offices was recently featured in BC Business Magazine discussing the evolving field of Aboriginal law: “This is a fast-changing area of common law. We’re dealing with firsts. It can be exciting,” exclaims Janelle Dwyer, who specializes in First Nations economic development with Mandell Pinder, a boutique Vancouver law firm. “Firsts don’t happen in real estate law—all the precedents were established long ago.” Dwyer—a member…

Conference on Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands, September 20-21, 2016

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On September 20-21, 2016, the Pacific Business & Law Institute will host a conference titled “Real Estate Development on First Nation Lands“ in Vancouver. The conference will assemble a number of experts in the field to offer insights and practical considerations, and to review the necessary legal processes to successfully develop a project. Janelle Dwyer of our offices will be presenting on the designation process, and other approval…

Legal Update: Current Issues Affecting First Nations’ Business Structures

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First Nations continue to increase their use of corporate entities to conduct their commercial activities. The band structure, as defined under the Indian Act, is not designed to conduct commercial activities and, more particularly, not designed to offer protection from liability. The corporate structures available to First Nations’ business ventures are those available to all business enterprises and include the structures considered in this…