Gowling WLG partners with the First Nations Major Project Coalition to advance Indigenous ownership of major projects across Canada

04 October 2021

Gowling WLG is proud to announce a national partnership with the First Nations Major Project Coalition (FNMPC) that will see the two organizations collaborating in efforts to advance Indigenous participation in and equity ownership of major projects across Canada.

As an exclusive industry partner in FNMPC's Sustaining Partners Program, Gowling WLG will work closely with the FNMPC to build stronger relationships with its members and better understand the unique challenges and opportunities that large-scale projects present to Indigenous communities across the country.

"Gowling WLG welcomes the opportunity to partner with the First Nations Major Projects Coalition and supports its advocacy for Indigenous ownership of major projects across Canada," said Peter Lukasiewicz, CEO of Gowling WLG Canada. "Our firm is committed to working together with the Coalition to ensure Indigenous communities have the business tools and advice required to play a substantial role in economic reconciliation and broadly participate in this key aspect of the Canadian economy."

Gowling WLG's partnership with the FNMPC is in keeping with the core tenets of the firm's Reconciliation Action Plan, which highlights the steps Gowling WLG has pledged to take to address Canada's mistreatment of Indigenous peoples and advance authentic reconciliation efforts.

For more details on the FNMPC's Sustaining Partners Program, click here.

About the First Nations Major Project Coalition

The First Nations Major Project Coalition works to advance the capacity needs of its 70 First Nations members in the broad areas of economic participation and environmental stewardship. Through its work, the FNMPC is creating pathways to reconciliation by advancing opportunities for First Nations to obtain ownership stakes in major projects that are proposed in their territories by advocating for sovereign loan guarantees and establishing economic models that increase Indigenous participation in major developments. Learn more about the First Nations Major Project Coalition.

About Gowling WLG's Indigenous Group

Gowling WLG's Indigenous Law Group has served as counsel to Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples for more than half a century. In that time, the firm has been instrumental in precedent-setting resource development projects, self-government agreements and Supreme Court cases. Learn more about Gowling WLG's Indigenous Group.

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