Aaron Christoff Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2017 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2013 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 604-443-7685

Fax: +1 604-683-3558

Email: aaron.christoff@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver

Aaron Christoff

Aaron Christoff is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office with a practice focused on Aboriginal and Treaty rights and governance, as well as litigation engaging constitutional, commercial, and fiduciary issues.

Aaron regularly advises First Nations on specific claims against the Crown, Aboriginal and Treaty rights, self-government, employment and human rights, use and possession of reserve land, fiduciary duties of Chief and Council, band council elections, and governance disputes.

Aaron also assists clients with developing and drafting policy and legislation, including custom election codes, band by-laws, and child and family services laws.

In his advocacy practice, Aaron frequently represents Indigenous communities and organizations in legal proceedings, including general litigation, judicial reviews, and specific claims. He has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Specific Claims Tribunal, BC Supreme Court, AB Court of Queen’s Bench, and SK Court of Queen’s Bench.

Prior to practising law, Aaron worked for the Métis National Council on a key intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in Manitoba Métis Federation Inc. v Canada (Attorney-General), a landmark case in the development of the Honour of the Crown.

Aaron is a citizen of Saulteau First Nations in northeastern British Columbia, and has lived, worked, and studied across Canada. 

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2018

    • Community
      February 2018
      Director, Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society
  • 2017

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2013

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
    • Education
      University of Toronto, BA, Philosophy (with Distinction)
    • Education
      University of Toronto, JD


  • Canadian Bar Association


“Overview of Bill C-92: Restoring Indigenous Jurisdiction over Child and Family Services,” Canadian Bar Association, Jan. 15, 2021.

“Full Circle: A History of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations in Canada,” 2019.

“Calculating Equitable Compensation for Fiduciary Breaches,” Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver, March 19, 2018.

“Review of Canada v. Williams Lake Indian Band,” Canadian Bar Association, Calgary, April 28, 2016.