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Aboriginal Law

Overview

Aboriginal law, consultation, negotiation and accommodation are critical elements of developing successful natural resource and energy projects and fostering strong relationships between Aboriginal communities and industry proponents.

Willms & Shier helps clients bridge complex, culturally sensitive matters to achieve effective, practical and long-term solutions.

We advise industry, Aboriginal communities, municipalities, conservation authorities and governments on the legal framework and requirements for Aboriginal consultation and accommodation. We draft and negotiate resource agreements to discharge consultation obligations, ensure respectful relationships and successful projects.

We work with Aboriginal communities to help build internal capacity for governance, strategic direction and project development. We assist with various aspects of regulatory, corporate/commercial, governance and policy-setting matters.

Selected Recent Projects

  • Multiple IBAs and Economic Development for First Nation—Willms & Shier acted for and worked closely with the Chief and Council of a First Nation in Northern Ontario on several projects that represent significant development for the First Nation within a very short period of time. Willms & Shier negotiated and drafted an Impact Benefit Agreement for a hydroelectric project with Ontario Power Generation and assisted in developing an equity partnership with Ontario Power Generation concerning another project. Willms & Shier negotiated and drafted an Impact Benefit Agreement with a gold mining company and helped the First Nation develop corporate structures for joint ventures and limited partnerships made possible by the Impact Benefit Agreement. We also provided advice in purchasing land and businesses.
  • Municipality Negotiations and Agreements with First Nation—Willms & Shier acted for a municipality developing an infrastructure project which crossed under a river and area of high archaeological potential. Through effective negotiation of agreements with First Nations, we enabled the project’s successful completion.

News

November 07, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 20, 2017

Canadian Aboriginal Law 2017 Conference

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June 12, 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

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June 12, 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

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March 16, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

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March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

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November 18, 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

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November 15, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 13, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

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October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

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September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

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May 17, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

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March 23, 2016

2016 Nunavut Mining Symposium: Double Bonding - A Continuing Barrier to Development?

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February 01, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

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January 25, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

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November 20, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

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October 29, 2015

Aboriginal Consultation: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

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October 01, 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

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September 21, 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

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September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

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March 03, 2015

Canadian Water Network: Connecting Water Resources 2015

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October 29, 2014

Aboriginal Law Forum

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October 29, 2014

OBA: Advancing Aboriginal Rights and Interests: Choosing the Right Forum

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October 23, 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

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August 27, 2014

OBA Seminar: Tsilhqot'in and Keewatin - Implications for Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Ontario

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May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

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May 06, 2014

OBA's Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers

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May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

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April 25, 2014

Julie Abouchar Speaking at the OBA's "Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers" Event

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March 19, 2014

Insight: Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum

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January 07, 2014

The Commons Institute: Aboriginal Law and Resource Development

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October 28, 2013

Corporate-Aboriginal Relations: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

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October 23, 2013

Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations

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September 18, 2013

The Ring of Fire - Hot or Cold?, Ontario Bar Association, Aboriginal Law Section

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July 16, 2013

Don’t Forget the Role of Governance in IBA, Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA)

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June 17, 2013

Current Understandings of the Triggers for Aboriginal Engagement, Association for Professional Archaeologists (APA)

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June 10, 2013

Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories about Resource Extraction and Communities, Global Development Forum

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May 21, 2013

Ontario’s Mining Act, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

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May 16, 2013

Aboriginal Lands and Natural Resources Forum, Insight

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April 05, 2013

Indigenous Leadership & Self-Governance, The Canadian Institute

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March 26, 2013

Overview of Types of Mining Agreements, NAN First Nations Mining Information and Strategy Sessions

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February 26, 2013

We Are All Here to Stay: Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Lakehead University, Centre for Northern Studies Symposium

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February 14, 2013

The Duty to Consult in Ontario: Where Are We Now and Where Will We Be?, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

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January 21, 2013

Update on the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario – The Importance of Aboriginal Consultation

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January 17, 2013

Effective Strategies for Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Global Development Forum

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January 17, 2013

Understanding Environmental Regulations, Educational Program Innovations (EPIC)

More
January 17, 2013

The Duty to Consult and Beyond: Hot Topics, Practical Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid for Aboriginal Law Practitioners, Ontario Bar Association

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September 20, 2012

Environmental Considerations and Consulting with Aboriginal Communities: Legal Issues, Mini-MBA for Mining, Federated Press

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Article

November 07, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
October 20, 2017

Canadian Aboriginal Law 2017 Conference

More
June 12, 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

More
June 12, 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

More
March 16, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

More
March 16, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
November 18, 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

More
November 15, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
October 13, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

More
October 13, 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
September 15, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
May 17, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

More
March 23, 2016

2016 Nunavut Mining Symposium: Double Bonding - A Continuing Barrier to Development?

More
February 01, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

More
January 25, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

More
November 20, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
October 29, 2015

Aboriginal Consultation: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

More
October 01, 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

More
September 21, 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

More
September 21, 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
March 03, 2015

Canadian Water Network: Connecting Water Resources 2015

More
October 29, 2014

Aboriginal Law Forum

More
October 29, 2014

OBA: Advancing Aboriginal Rights and Interests: Choosing the Right Forum

More
October 23, 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

More
August 27, 2014

OBA Seminar: Tsilhqot'in and Keewatin - Implications for Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Ontario

More
May 06, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
May 06, 2014

OBA's Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers

More
May 06, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More
April 25, 2014

Julie Abouchar Speaking at the OBA's "Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers" Event

More
March 19, 2014

Insight: Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum

More
January 07, 2014

The Commons Institute: Aboriginal Law and Resource Development

More
October 28, 2013

Corporate-Aboriginal Relations: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

More
October 23, 2013

Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations

More
September 18, 2013

The Ring of Fire - Hot or Cold?, Ontario Bar Association, Aboriginal Law Section

More
July 16, 2013

Don’t Forget the Role of Governance in IBA, Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA)

More
June 17, 2013

Current Understandings of the Triggers for Aboriginal Engagement, Association for Professional Archaeologists (APA)

More
June 10, 2013

Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories about Resource Extraction and Communities, Global Development Forum

More
May 21, 2013

Ontario’s Mining Act, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

More
May 16, 2013

Aboriginal Lands and Natural Resources Forum, Insight

More
April 05, 2013

Indigenous Leadership & Self-Governance, The Canadian Institute

More
March 26, 2013

Overview of Types of Mining Agreements, NAN First Nations Mining Information and Strategy Sessions

More
February 26, 2013

We Are All Here to Stay: Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Lakehead University, Centre for Northern Studies Symposium

More
February 14, 2013

The Duty to Consult in Ontario: Where Are We Now and Where Will We Be?, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

More
January 21, 2013

Update on the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario – The Importance of Aboriginal Consultation

More
January 17, 2013

Effective Strategies for Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Global Development Forum

More
January 17, 2013

Understanding Environmental Regulations, Educational Program Innovations (EPIC)

More
January 17, 2013

The Duty to Consult and Beyond: Hot Topics, Practical Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid for Aboriginal Law Practitioners, Ontario Bar Association

More
September 20, 2012

Environmental Considerations and Consulting with Aboriginal Communities: Legal Issues, Mini-MBA for Mining, Federated Press

More

Speaking Engagements

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 to November 16, 2017

45th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 to November 23, 2017

Canadian Aboriginal Law 2017 Conference

More
Tuesday, 06 June 2017

6 Minute Environmental Lawyer CLE: Environmental Liabilities & Reform

More
Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Infonex: Indigenous Communities Land Use & Resource Development

More
Monday, 03 April 2017 to April 06, 2017

Nunavut Mining Symposium: Regulating for Caribou Protection - What Can Work?

More
Thursday, 27 April 2017 to April 28, 2017

CBA Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit

More
Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Infonex Conference: Recent Developments in Environmental Law with Land Use Planning Implications

More
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 to November 17, 2016

The 44th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Monday, 14 November 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: Indigenous Law Issues 2016

More
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ontario Waterpower Association: Power of Water Canada Conference

More
Thursday, 20 October 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2016

More
Wednesday, 08 June 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada: The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2016

More
Tuesday, 05 April 2016

2016 Nunavut Mining Symposium: Double Bonding - A Continuing Barrier to Development?

More
Thursday, 04 February 2016 to February 06, 2016

CBA NB Conference: Resource Agreements with Aboriginal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

More
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 to January 29, 2016

Environmental Law Forum: Cross Country Check Up

More
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 to November 26, 2015

The 43rd Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum

More
Thursday, 29 October 2015

Aboriginal Consultation: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities

More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015

2015 Yukon North Slope Conference

More
Monday, 28 September 2015

LSAC Toronto Forum: "What Do Lawyers Do?"

More
Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Willms & Shier Speaker Series in Environmental Law

More
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 to March 12, 2015

Canadian Water Network: Connecting Water Resources 2015

More
Monday, 03 November 2014 to November 04, 2014

Aboriginal Law Forum

More
Friday, 14 November 2014

OBA: Advancing Aboriginal Rights and Interests: Choosing the Right Forum

More
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

OBA: Cold Truths: Infrastructure Development in the Ring of Fire

More
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 to September 17, 2014

OBA Seminar: Tsilhqot'in and Keewatin - Implications for Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Ontario

More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 to May 28, 2014

Insight's North of 60 - Aboriginal Land and Resource Development Conference in Yellowknife, NWT

More
Thursday, 05 June 2014 to June 06, 2014

OBA's Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers

More
Thursday, 19 June 2014 to June 20, 2014

CBA's 2014 National Aboriginal Law Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut

More
Thursday, 05 June 2014

Julie Abouchar Speaking at the OBA's "Aboriginal Property Issues for Real Estate Lawyers" Event

More
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Insight: Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum

More
Monday, 27 January 2014

The Commons Institute: Aboriginal Law and Resource Development

More
Friday, 06 December 2013

Corporate-Aboriginal Relations: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

More
Thursday, 07 November 2013

Impact of New Federal Environmental Legislation on Aboriginal Relations

More
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The Ring of Fire - Hot or Cold?, Ontario Bar Association, Aboriginal Law Section

More
Monday, 29 July 2013

Don’t Forget the Role of Governance in IBA, Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA)

More
Monday, 24 June 2013

Current Understandings of the Triggers for Aboriginal Engagement, Association for Professional Archaeologists (APA)

More
Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Impact Benefit Agreements: Stories about Resource Extraction and Communities, Global Development Forum

More
Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Ontario’s Mining Act, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

More
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 to May 31, 2013

Aboriginal Lands and Natural Resources Forum, Insight

More
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Indigenous Leadership & Self-Governance, The Canadian Institute

More
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Overview of Types of Mining Agreements, NAN First Nations Mining Information and Strategy Sessions

More
Friday, 15 March 2013 to March 16, 2013

We Are All Here to Stay: Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Lakehead University, Centre for Northern Studies Symposium

More
Tuesday, 05 March 2013

The Duty to Consult in Ontario: Where Are We Now and Where Will We Be?, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)

More
Thursday, 21 February 2013

Update on the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario – The Importance of Aboriginal Consultation

More
Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Effective Strategies for Reconciling Mining and First Nations, Global Development Forum

More
Monday, 28 January 2013 to January 30, 2013

Understanding Environmental Regulations, Educational Program Innovations (EPIC)

More
Thursday, 07 February 2013

The Duty to Consult and Beyond: Hot Topics, Practical Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid for Aboriginal Law Practitioners, Ontario Bar Association

More
Monday, 24 September 2012 to September 25, 2012

Environmental Considerations and Consulting with Aboriginal Communities: Legal Issues, Mini-MBA for Mining, Federated Press

More

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