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Devrin Q Froese


Although I grew up in small town Saskatchewan in close proximity to the last federally-funded Residential School in Canada, I was unaware of the impact the institution had on the students who attended the school, their families and their communities.  It was not until I was contracted by the federal government to conduct historical research for residential school claims that I started to understand the impact that the system had on Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. That work fueled a passion for justice and prompted me to go to law school.

My work these days largely centres around advising Indigenous communities and Indigenous community-owned entities in relation to a variety of economic development activities. This involves creating tax efficient business structures using partnerships, joint ventures, trusts and other types of entities, negotiating revenue sharing and other kinds of arrangements with industry partners, developing on reserve land for commercial and housing projects, advising on financing arrangements and drafting leases, and other sorts of agreements. My practice also involves drafting and advising on various kinds of lands related laws and bylaws and negotiating specific claim settlements.

My involvement in my community over the years has ranged from coaching hockey to serving on the Board of Variance for the City of Port Moody and other boards such as CERA Society (Communities Embracing Restorative Action).

Outside of work, I live to explore the world, both locally and abroad. I thoroughly enjoy running, hiking, canoeing and camping and sampling the diversity of foods and flavours the world has to offer.

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