Lawmaking and Governance

Lawmaking and Governance

Our firm is a leader in supporting the re-assertion of Indigenous legal traditions through self-governance institutions in areas including education, social services, health care, and child protection.

OKT lawyers advise, negotiate and assist in drafting a broad array of documents relating to Indigenous governance and self-determination, including the codifying of indigenous laws, policies, protocols and codes of conduct.

Our experience in supporting Indigenous legal traditions includes:

  • Assisting the Innu Nation with development of an Innu constitution, including working with Innu leadership over several years to incorporate Innu traditional concepts and current legal needs;
  • Assisting Indigenous clients with development of Elders’ tribunals and other alternative dispute resolution processes that integrate Indigenous communities’ needs and legal traditions while complying with federal and provincial legislative requirements;
  • Working with Indigenous leaders to develop a national network of Indigenous Guardians to manage lands and waters using indigenous laws and knowledge.

Lawyers

N Kate Kempton

Partner

John A Olthuis

Partner

Maggie Wente

Partner

Judith Rae

Associate

Stephanie Kearns

Associate

Bob Rae

Partner

Corey Shefman

Associate

Larry Innes

Partner

Sarah Colgrove

Associate

Renée Pelletier

Managing Partner

Gillian Paul

Associate

Matt McPherson

Partner

Sara Mainville

Associate

Lorraine Land

Partner

Daniel T'seleie

Student-at-Law

Alex Young

Student-at-Law

Nancy J Kleer

Partner