Practice Area

Child Protection & Family

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


We work to achieve recognition of the rights of Indigenous people to care for their children and families. We also assist Indigenous parents, guardians, and caregivers-in-relation with keeping and with the return of their children as well as obtaining formal recognition of the right of Indigenous people to care for their children and families.

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Our work includes:


Representing parents in contact with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in relation to child protection concerns.


Facilitating ​​seminars and talking circles, including in correctional facilities, to help to empower parents and communities.


Providing legal advice to First Nations and other Aboriginal governments seeking systemic change to the provincial child protection system and arranging legal representation to formalize adoptions, including custom adoptions.


Drawing on Indigenous laws and traditions in developing child welfare policies.

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