Experienced Lawyer for Northern Practice

First Peoples Law LLP is seeking an experienced lawyer to join our growing team dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. 


Who We Are 


First Peoples Law is committed to defending and advancing Indigenous Peoples’ inherent and constitutionally protected title, rights and Treaty rights. Our objective is to play a meaningful role in Indigenous Peoples’ ongoing pursuit of a more respectful and equitable world for themselves and their children.  


With a team of 44, including 26 lawyers, we provide the highest-quality legal services to our clients on issues related to title and rights, governance and economic prosperity, while actively participating in public education initiatives. Our work includes providing representation and strategic advice to First Nations and Indigenous groups across Canada. 


What We Offer 


First Peoples Law provides a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on cutting-edge Indigenous rights issues. We offer flexibility, competitive remuneration, a supportive team and the opportunity to work with recognized leading lawyers and on behalf of inspiring clients across the country who are at the forefront of developing the law through the defence of their Indigenous rights.  


What We’re Looking For 


We are seeking an experienced lawyer who shares our commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples through high-quality legal representation with a focus on serving our clients in northern Canada.  


The successful candidate will assume responsibility for a substantial book of existing work in northern Canada and will be considered for partnership track with the firm. 


Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated, highly organized, creative problem-solver with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and able to work independently. 

The Lawyer will have the following qualifications:  


  • alignment with our core values of advocacy, integrity and commitment 

  • creative and collaborative approach to problem solving  

  • ability to work well under pressure, both independently and as part of a team 

  • excellent organizational and interpersonal skills  

  • interest and ability to participate in client and business development   

  • strong client service skills with the ability to foster solid relationships 

  • strong work ethic and positive team attitude 

  • commitment to mentoring junior lawyers 

  • able to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing 

  • willingness to travel to northern communities using a wide variety of transportation methods (prop-plane, truck, hiking, ATV, boat, snowmobile, etc.)  

  • comfortable working in Indigenous communities   

  • called to the bar in Northwest Territories; British Columbia and Ontario calls are assets 

  • a sense of humour 


Description of Position 


The Lawyer will work on a full-time basis out of the First Peoples Law office in either Ottawa or Vancouver. Full-time remote work may be considered, subject to the location of applicant.  


Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. 


How to Apply 


Applicants may submit a cover letter and CV careers@firstpeopleslaw.com We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please include the name of the position you wish to apply for in the subject line. 

Interviews carried out on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

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