Kennedy A. Bear Robe Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2021 - Northwest Territories

Year of Call: 2021 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2015 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2013 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2758

Secondary phone: +1 416-369-6187

Fax: +1 604-683-3558

Email: kennedy.bearrobe@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver

Secondary office:  Toronto



Kennedy A. Bear Robe

Kennedy A. Bear Robe is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver and Toronto offices.

Kennedy’s accomplishments have been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada: One the Watch (Indigenous Law). His current practise focuses on major energy and natural resource projects, and strategies to exercise Indigenous jurisdictions and authorities relating to environmental assessment, approvals and operations & maintenance.   

Kennedy has a strong track record of successfully advising clients in federal and provincial regulatory hearings, and related litigation. Kennedy has appeared as counsel before the  Federal Court of Appeal, and the British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario provincial courts.

During the Resource Revenue Sharing negotiations in Ontario, Kennedy acted for the Government of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3 as its lead counsel and negotiator. Kennedy also recently advised the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3 on its Relationship Agreement with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization.  

Kennedy’s negotiation skills relating to Inherent, Aboriginal and Treaty rights is widely acknowledged. He has negotiated precedent-setting agreements between Indigenous governments, federal government/regulators, provincial and territorial governments/regulators, and private companies. As negotiation counsel, Kennedy is involved in the legal aspects of implementing those agreements.

Kennedy is currently lead counsel to Indigenous Nations negotiating self-government agreements, regulatory cooperation and coordination agreements, resource revenue sharing agreements, and leading IBAs with private companies. Additional ongoing client work has Kennedy leading legal teams for several major environmental assessments and permitting, and as litigation counsel relating to environmental and Indigenous law matters.  

Kennedy serves on the Board of Directors for the Siksika Group of Companies.

Kennedy is Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot), a member of the Siksika Nation, a proud dad, and loves hunting, reading and art. He is also the Commissioner of Gowlings (Vancouver) Office Fantasy Football League.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2023

    • Career
      January 2023
      Director, Siksika Nation Group of Companies
  • 2022

  • 2021

    • Rankings & Awards
      August 2021
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2021
      Year of Call, Northwest Territories
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2021
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2015

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2015
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2013

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2013
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2012

    • Education
       2012
      University of British Columbia, JD

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch)
  • Indigenous Bar Association

Presentations

  • Speaker for "Cultural Competency for Lawyers" through The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia on September 17-18, 2018.
  • "Revenue Sharing: A New Fiscal Relationship," CBA Annual Aboriginal Section Conference, June 8-9, 2018, Whitehorse.
  • "The State of Reconciliation: The Current Legal and Political Leadership," Gwich'in Tribal Council - 2018 Academic Conference, University of Alberta, March 5-9, 2018, Calgary.
  • Keynote on Canada's Bill C-69, an Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act, and Indigenous Process Considerations, Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC) Annual General Meeting, March 6-7, 2018, Edmonton.
  • Presentation on the Natural Resource Transfer Agreements, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Lands and Resources Forum, April 11, 2018, Winnipeg.
  • "Indigenous Law Issues 2017," Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Professional Development Program, November 22, 2017, Toronto.
  • "Indigenous Consultation BC - Economic Development and Employment," Canadian Institute, September 19-21, 2017, Prince George, BC.
  • "Key Agreements Between Industry and First Nations: Achieving Certainty and Fairness," Pacific Business and Law Institute, April 4, 2017, Vancouver.
  • "Building Aboriginal Relationships in BC", Canadian Institute, September 21, 2016, Vancouver.
  • "North of 60: Actualizing the True Economic Potential," May 31 and June 1, 2016, Yellowknife, NT.
  • Aboriginal Law Conference 2015, CLEBC, November 6, 2015, Vancouver.
  • Keynote luncheon speech (panel) on resource development activities and bringing economic development opportunities to Aboriginal communities, National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference, September 17, 2015, Osoyoos BC.
  • "Building Aboriginal Relationships in BC," Canadian Institute, November 25-26, 2014, Vancouver.
  • National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference, September 9-11, 2014, Osoyoos, BC.
  • "2nd Mining Agreements," Federated Press, April 15-16, 2014, Vancouver.
  • "Western Aboriginal Consultation & Negotiation," Canadian Institute of Energy, February 11-12, 2014, Edmonton.

Publications

  • "Case Commentary: Gitxaala Nation v. Canada, 2016 FCA 187," Aboriginal Law Update, July 2016.
  • "Case Commentary: Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment), 2016 BCSC 34," Aboriginal Law Update, February 2016.
  • "The New New Relationship: Legal, Political and Business Implications of the Tsilhqot'in Decision," Aboriginal Marketplace, 2015.
  • "SCC Ruling on Aboriginal Title: Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44 and Significant Changes to the Legal Landscape," Aboriginal Law Update, July 2014.