Indigenous Law


There's a level of expertise that only half a century of experience can provide - and a level of success that only a trusted legal partner can deliver.

Since the 1950s, Gowling WLG has been at the forefront of Indigenous law in Canada. We've worked alongside 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.

This singular legacy enables us to provide you with sophisticated legal advice in every aspect of Indigenous law - delivering practical, cost-effective solutions that help you advance your vision and achieve your goals.

Top-tier legal advice

Gowling WLG is home to one of the largest and most respected Indigenous law practices in Canada. Our lawyers are frequently recognized as top practitioners in the field in key legal directories such as Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 guide named Gowling WLG the "Firm of the Year" for Indigenous law.

Sophisticated expertise

The needs and aspirations of Indigenous communities continue to grow in scope and complexity. Accordingly, the practice of Indigenous law increasingly demands specialized expertise in a wide range of areas. As a full-service law firm, Gowling WLG is equipped to meet your diverse legal needs - from treaty rights and inherent rights, land claims, self-government, taxes and trusts to energy, mining, economic development and environmental matters.

Strong ties to Indigenous communities

We've served as trusted legal counsel to Indigenous peoples for over 50 years, and we're proud to have these same communities reflected in our own team. We actively recruit lawyers of Indigenous ancestry and support numerous initiatives that promote their advancement in the legal profession.

A unique perspective

Gowling WLG is one of the only full-service law firms in Canada that acts for Indigenous clients as well as private industry, project proponents and all levels of government. As a result, our clients benefit from our in-depth insight into the views of parties on all sides of the table, and the national scope of our practice gives you the benefit of best practices and strategies from across the country.

Outstanding service

We've built our reputation on being collaborative, flexible, responsive and, above all, available - wherever and whenever you need us.

Learn more

To learn more about how we can help you succeed, please contact any member of our team.