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First Nations

Bringing understanding and respect of the aboriginal perspective to legal matters.

Our office offers a wide range of legal services to First Nations communities and their members, and to individuals, companies and lenders conducting business with First Nations or on First Nations lands. Our practice group includes lawyers who have experience in the following areas:

  • Land Development
  • Negotiating Leases
  • Commercial Financing and Leases
  • Residential Property Transactions
  • Commercial Property Transactions
  • Commercial Agreements and Transactions
  • Estate Planning
  • Taxation Issues
  • Litigation

As communities grow, aboriginals and non aboriginals have continued to develop partnerships and ways of doing business with each other. History and culture influence the way business is conducted within the First Nations communities. We know that to properly represent clients, there must be an understanding and respect of the aboriginal perspective and we offer our services within that framework.

The First Nations communities approach development and leasing on their lands in different manners. Some lands are governed under the Indian Act and some are governed under their own constitution. Lands are either community lands held by the First Nation which can be designated for the purpose of leasing or Locatee lands which are reserve lands allocated to a particular First Nations member. This framework has created a need for specialized legal services. We have lawyers that specialize in this area and who have represented individuals, companies and lenders doing business on First Nations lands.

We provide services to First Nations relating to negotiation with AANDC, designation votes, business structures, contracts and business proposals, lease reviews, litigation and general legal advice.

Whether a client needs assistance preparing a lease, registering security or working through the procedures AANDC, our lawyers have the experience and the understanding of aboriginal law issues necessary to guide our clients through this unique and complex area of law.

We have specific experience assisting purchasers, sellers, developers and lenders with the acquisition, financing, sale, development and leasing of commercial and residential properties on the following First Nations Lands:

  • Westbank First Nation
  • Kamloops Indian Band
  • Okanagan Indian Band
  • Osoyoos Indian Band
  • Adams Lake Indian Band
  • Shuswap Indian Band

We can assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our First Nations lawyers for more information.

Practice Members

Testimonials

Sun Rivers

Sun Rivers chose Theresa Arsenault of Pushor Mitchell as our Corporate Lawyer due to her expertise in the area of First Nations transactions and development, as well as her knowledge and experience in general corporate law and contracts. Her advice during negotiation and drafting of our agreements with the Kamloops Indian Band and in dealing with issues arising during our development stage has been invaluable. Theresa has also provided assistance and advice in general corporate matters. Her practical approach to dealing with complex matters is very much appreciated. Personally I have worked with Theresa since 1990 and have always found her ready to provide support when needed and her advice to be concise and reliable. We have also used the services of a number of other lawyers at Pushor Mitchell in the areas of employment law, trademarks, construction, and income tax. In all cases, the lawyers and staff of Pushor Mitchell have provided excellent advice and service. I would highly recommend Theresa Arsenault and the firm of Pushor Mitchell to anyone seeking expert legal advice. Rick Siemens, CEOSun Rivers Limited Partnership

Yucwmenlúcwu

Pushor Mitchell and their team have serviced our Company business needs in the most exemplary way. Their level of understanding of business and business practices within a First Nation's context has been invaluable. Pushor Mitchell exhibits a high level of professionalism and understands what is needed to support and move companies forward. Les Skaalid, RPF, Operations ManagerYucwmenlúcwu

Splatsin

Pushor Mitchell continually provides Splatsin with prompt, efficient service. The staff is friendly and approachable. Alf Kempf and Andrea East are two very competent and talented individuals who are professional, yet not impersonal. They have experience in working with First Nations communities and provide strong legal advice and realistic solutions that are both cost effective and timely. They continue to provide us with effective solutions that generate the results we are looking for. Splatsin highly recommends the firm of Pushor Mitchell. Loretta Eustache, AdministratorSplatsin