Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP was formed in 2000, with a strong focus on providing legal services to First Nations. The fourteen partners, John Olthuis, Nancy Kleer, Roger Townshend, Bob Rae, Kate Kempton, Bryce Edwards, Renée Pelletier, Maggie Wente, Lorraine Land, Larry Innes, Senwung Luk, Cathy Guirguis, Matt McPherson and Oliver MacLaren, have extensive experience in Aboriginal work dating back to the early 1970s. Our experience includes:
- Litigation involving Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal title, and treaties.
- Land and resource rights negotiations.
- Advice and negotiations regarding Aboriginal governance and self-determination.
- Law on the duty to consult and accommodate First Nations.
- Constitutional law.
- Creation and administration of Indian reserves and trusts.
- Injunction applications to stop developments on Aboriginal land.
- Impact benefit agreement negotiations with developers.
- Setting up corporate structures and implementing business objectives both on and off reserve.
- Secured Transactions related to equity ownership of Resource, Energy, Transmission Projects.
We practice with associates Sara Mainville, Judith Rae, Stephanie Kearns, Liora Zimmerman, Julie-Anne Pariseau, Corey Shefman, Gillian Paul, Kaitlin Ritchie, Ashley Stacey, Krista Nerland, Ashley Hamp-Gonsalves, Sarah Colgrove, Magnolia Unka-Wool, Benjamin Brookwell, Scott Franks, historian Dan Shaule, articling students Daniel T’seleie, Alex Young and Grace Yogaretnam and our summer students.