Practice Area


Mandell Pinder has a long history of engaging Canadian courts to advance the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples. We continue to protect and advance Aboriginal and treaty rights in all levels of court and in regulatory proceedings.

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Supporting Indigenous Peoples in the Courtroom

Our litigation work involves Aboriginal title and rights, treaty rights and treaty land entitlement, constitutional law, consultation and accommodation of Indigenous jurisdiction, breach of trust or fiduciary obligations in the mismanagement of Indigenous lands and resources, injunctions, expropriation of reserve lands, environmental protection, enforcing agreements, and upholding decisions of Indigenous governments.

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Our work includes:


We represent Indigenous groups that have an interest in legal issues raised by cases being heard before Canadian courts.


Representing clients in provincial superior courts, in the Federal Court, in provincial and federal appellate courts, and in the Supreme Court of Canada.


Guiding clients in specific claims against the Government of Canada to ensure the Crown’s legal obligations to Indigenous communities are met.

Duty to Consult

Defining and enforcing the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate impacts on Aboriginal title and rights through litigation where necessary.

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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