Lawyers Practicing

Indigenous Legal Services

We act as counsel to First Nations as represented by Chief and Council, as well as First Nation owned businesses, in all aspects of governance, treaty entitlements, inherent rights and economic development. We have experience in major on-reserve capital projects, financing both on and off reserve economic development projects, establishment and administration of economic development trusts and structuring First Nation-private sector joint ventures. We provide advice in connection with employment and housing matters, regulatory matters in connection with gaming and VLT site holder agreements, drafting custom Band law and election codes, consultation protocols, impact benefit agreements and contribution agreements with both Federal and Provincial levels of government. Our Aboriginal Law lawyers have extensive experience pursuing First Nations & interests before a wide variety of regional and national administrative tribunals and all levels of court.


The law firm of BD Oakes Jardine Kaneski UnRuh LLP acknowledges that we live and work in the territories of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis, and Oji-Cree Nations. The firm sits in Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral and traditional homeland of Anishinaabe peoples. Treaty 1, signed in 1871, took this territory from seven local Anishinaabe First Nations to make the land available for settler use and ownership.

This land acknowledgment is about being honest and accurate about the Original Peoples of this land as well as other Indigenous communities who lived and continue to live where the firm presently stands. It is an expression of respect and appreciation for these ancestors, and their present-day relatives, who continue to love and care for the land. This acknowledgment is offered in the belief that doing so will help us to be mindful lawyers, advocates, and citizens of the community we share with indigenous peoples.

We are committed to learning more about the issues shaping the lives of indigenous peoples, and to cultivate and put into practice skills that will contribute to a decolonized, anti-discriminatory future devoid of prejudice and racism. In expressing and enacting our land acknowledgment, we commit to honouring and supporting movements of self-determination and wellbeing led by indigenous guardians, stewards, and protectors of this land that we share. This responsibility includes engaging with, questioning, and critiquing those practices and structures, within and outside our firm, that perpetuate the status quo as it concerns indigenous lands, waters, and people in Manitoba.  Our land acknowledgment is not fixed but living. It is fluid and open to change as we continue to learn.