Torys advises on a broad range of matters involving Indigenous peoples, from focused and pragmatic day-to-day advice, to precedent-setting work. Sought for our experience in projects, litigation and broader strategic advisory counsel, our practice has deep multidisciplinary strength.


We are active on projects across Canada that impact and involve Indigenous peoples and communities. We have advised sponsors (including Indigenous sponsors), consortiums, governments, lenders and contractors on complex and innovative projects. Our clients include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous entities, who benefit from our experience on all sides of project development and related Aboriginal law issues. We are also sought after for our litigation capabilities in Aboriginal law. We are experienced in disputes involving gaming, energy, duty to consult, infrastructure, treaty interpretation, forestry and mining issues.

With deep insight into the framework governing Aboriginal law matters, we assist in the building of lasting relationships, even during the negotiation of sensitive matters. Project proponents, investors, lenders, Indigenous peoples, public authorities and governments involve us on their most important matters. These include contentious and complex issues affecting many Indigenous communities and other constituencies. Whether appointed to mediate disputes between Indigenous groups, governments and industry, or to oversee and provide strategic advice in respect of government responses to court decisions affecting matters of public policy, our approach to strategic advice is grounded in historical context and a relationship focus.

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Torys goes above and beyond in responsiveness. They have depth and breadth in all areas in which I have worked with them.
Chambers Canada, 2023

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