Practice Areas

Specific Claims

We work with our clients to submit specific claims against the Government of Canada to ensure the Crown’s legal obligations to Indigenous communities are met.

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We draft and review specific claims to address Indigenous communities’ claims and historical grievances against the federal government. We also represent First Nations before the Specific Claims Tribunal. We develop historical research and legal strategies, assemble historical document collections, present our findings to communities, and on their instructions develop and submit claims to Canada.

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Our work includes:


We assist our clients in the negotiation of settlements that are fair and just.


We assess claims and develop legal strategies in consultation with communities.


During a claim’s development, our in-house historians can conduct in-depth historical research in archives and libraries across Canada to assist our legal analysis.


We prepare claims and their digital document collections for submission to the Minister. Where communities want them, we also develop and implement trust structures for settlements.

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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