Practice Area

Child Protection & Family Law

We assist Aboriginal governments to develop their own laws and governance regarding child protection and safety.

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We work to achieve recognition and implementation of the rights of Indigenous people to care for their children and families according to their own laws, teachings and practices. We also assist Indigenous parents, extended family members and communities with respect to the return of their children to their care.

Child Protection Family - Indigenous Teepee on grass and cloudy skies
Photo credit: Peter Millerd

Our work includes:


Representing Aboriginal governments (including independent Aboriginal child protection agencies) and entities in matters involving the Ministry of Children and Family Development, including in mediations, alternative dispute resolution processes and in court. We also represent Indigenous parents and family members in contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in relation to child protection concerns, as well as provide family law advice and representation on the Bella Bella and Bella Coola circuit courts.


Providing legal advice to Aboriginal governments who are taking up their jurisdiction and passing laws with respect to child protection, wellness and safety, including the negotiation of agreements, the development of laws and policies and implementation of those laws and policies.


Assisting Aboriginal governments to draw on their laws, teachings, practices and customs in the development of their own child protection, wellness and safety laws and policies.


Facilitating collaborative processes between Aboriginal governments and families to reach agreements about the care of their children.

What Our Clients Say

Mandell Pinder LLP is really looking after our best interests; it’s one thing I really noticed. Their sole interest was for the betterment of the Xatśūll First Nation and we’re proud to be associated with Mandell Pinder LLP.

– Councillor Pat Sellars, Xatśūll First Nation

Photo credit: Doane Gregory