Practice Area

Indigenous Land & Natural Resources

We assist Indigenous governments in governing and managing the lands, waters, and resources of their territories, including in consultation processes and the negotiation of fair agreements with project proponents and the Crown.

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Assisting Indigenous Governments Exercising Jurisdiction over Lands & Resources

We listen first. From there, we work with our clients to ensure that their lands and resources are used with their input and consent. We work toward a standard of cooperative relations between Indigenous governments, the Crown, and industry that recognize the jurisdictional authority and stewardship responsibilities of the Indigenous governments whose lands, waters, and resources are impacted by development.

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Our work includes:


Negotiating and drafting agreements for access and use of lands, waters, and resources in Indigenous territories with Crown governments and development companies.


Developing and drafting impact benefit agreements, revenue-sharing agreements, co-management agreements, and protocols between Indigenous governments, the Crown, and private industry.


Advising on environmental assessments, other regulatory proceedings, and Crown/industry agreements related to proposed projects.


Developing models for compensation for past impacts and infringements.

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

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