Indigenous Law

At Baker Newby LLP we are proudly and humbly situated within Sólh Téméxw, the Stó:lō Traditional Territory. We are committed to serving the community within which we reside and this has and continues to shape our practice. Our Indigenous Law Practice Group focuses on this commitment and utilizes our extensive experience in corporate-commercial, business and land transactions, environmental law and governance law to assist clients. Whether it is through establishing creative and sustainable plans for economic development or implementing sophisticated yet practical solutions for governance issues, we collaborate with our clients to strike a balance between preserving community values while exploring available opportunities. For our Indigenous Law Practice Group, we are first and foremost committed to understanding our clients and their goals so that we can ensure that our legal advice is tailored to our clients’ unique concerns and objectives in every situation.

We offer cross-sector and practical advice in representing Indigenous people and communities in a variety of matters including:

  • Corporate planning and structuring;
  • Commercial transactions;
  • Community-based business ventures;
  • Land development and utilization
  • Development of best practice governance models; and
  • Negotiation of partnerships and participation agreements with industry.

Baker Newby LLP is firmly committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, in particular call to action number 27, which emphasizes the importance of lawyers receiving training and education in cultural competency, including the history of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights. Our firm has carried out, and will continue to carry out, skills-based training in intercultural competency and conflict resolution to ensure that our lawyers have the knowledge, historical context, and skills required to provide effective legal services in the community within which we live and work.