Extensive experience in advising First Nation Bands, organizations, and commercial entities on a wide range of issues ranging from governance matters to corporate issues. Etienne routinely advises clients on their historical claims against the governments and industry due to claims arising from the unlawful trespassing and taking of resources and has experience with the specific claims process.
We have also assisted many First Nation clients with negotiating and implementing their energy, mining, and forestry deals.
We provide advice in the following areas of Indigenous Legal Issues (Aboriginal Law):
We also assist clients with commercial matters such as: preparing contracts, incorporations, joint ventures, limited partnerships, shareholder agreements, creation of trusts, debt collection, and commercial liens.
Etienne represents clients before various courts, tribunals, and other administrative bodies on a wide range of civil litigation issues such as legal issues concerning Aboriginal rights, estate disputes, taxation, bankruptcy matters, debt collection, commercial disputes, construction law, forestry liens, storage liens, wrongful dismissal, human rights, and coroner’s inquests.
For example, Etienne was counsel to the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council in the 8-month long 7 First Nation Youth Inquest that concluded in 2016 and resulted in 145 recommendations aimed at making the situation safer for First Nation kids who have to attend school in Thunder Bay. The inquest was said to be one of the largest First Nation specific inquests in the history of Ontario.
We also routinely advise clients on employment law matters and have experience in handling such matters before the courts, the human rights tribunals, and employment tribunals.