Based in Ottawa, lawyer Marie-Christine Gagnon has joined Gowling WLG's Advocacy team as a partner in the firm's Indigenous Law Group. She is a proud member of the Innu First Nation of Pessamit.
Having previously worked at national law firms, in addition to leading her own firm with a focus on Indigenous law, Marie-Christine has extensive experience with the negotiation of various types of agreements in the context of Aboriginal and treaty rights, the duty to consult and accommodate, territorial overlaps, the valorization of ancestral territory, the socio-economic development of First Nations and the establishment of business partnerships.
Marie-Christine's clients include band councils, businesses and Indigenous organizations, among others. She advises these clients on matters relating to their constitution or governance, including the management of their human resources.
Since 2019, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has recognized Marie-Christine as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal Law.
"Marie-Christine brings with her an indispensable depth of knowledge when it comes to the application of legislation specifically pertaining to Indigenous matters," said Wayne Warren, managing partner of Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. "This, along with her negotiation and litigation experience at all levels of court, will prove to be invaluable to our clients."
Indigenous law at Gowling WLG
Since the 1950s, Gowling WLG has been at the forefront of Indigenous law in Canada – delivering practical, cost-effective solutions that help you advance your vision and achieve your goals. We've worked alongside Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in landmark self-government agreements, resource development projects and Supreme Court cases. We've also acted for project proponents and governments at every level. Learn more about indigenous law at Gowling WLG.