First Peoples Law is dedicated to defending and advancing Indigenous peoples' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.
  • Bruce’s counsel made it possible for us to engage as Indigenous Peoples with the province of BC and BC Hydro in a more meaningful way with strategic use of the Courts when necessary.

    Pauline Terbasket , Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance

Duty to Consult

We work closely with our clients to ensure that governments fulfill their constitutional obligations to consult and accommodate.

For us, the duty to consult is about ensuring that government and proponents really listen to  Aboriginal concerns and accommodate the impact of any decision on our clients' Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights.

Our approach is always strategic. While we expect government and proponents to fulfill their responsibilities and respect our clients' rights, we ensure that our clients are prepared to seek justice in the courts if necessary.

Duty to Consult Workshops

As part of our public education efforts, we offer workshops to First Nations wanting to better understand the legal and historical basis for the duty to consult and accommodate.

Our objective is to increase First Nations' ability to deal effectively with government and industry and to ensure that the duty to consult is respected and fulfilled.


Our team has worked on numerous duty to consult and accommodate files across Canada. Specific projects have included:

  • mines
  • transmission lines
  • pipelines
  • hydroelectric dams
  • water licences
  • highways
  • oil sands
  • landfills
  • waterworks
  • forestry tenures

Public Speaking & Publications

We work to explain the legal and historical basis of the duty to consult through our writing:

We also capitalize on public speaking opportunities to explain the duty to consult to a wide range of audiences. For example:

  • On April 28, 2014 in Toronto Bruce McIvor presented on "Dealing with Indigenous Communities: Law and Best Practices" as part of the faculty for the Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law.
  • On December 10, 2013 Bruce McIvor presented the yearly update on Aboriginal law at the 12th Annual Oil and Gas Forum in Edmonton.
  • In March, 2012 Bruce McIvor was the featured seminar speaker at the Lake of the Woods Chapter of the Ontario Engineers' Large Project Development and Management Seminar in Kenora, Ontario. After the seminar, Bruce was interviewed by the Kenora Daily Miner & News.

Contact Us

If you have a duty to consult issue you would like to discuss or would like to arrange a duty to consult workshop for your community, please contact us:

Phone: 604-685-4240