We provide a wide range of services in First Nations workplace law. This includes capacity development and training for managers, human resource managers and supervisors on all areas of workplace law. We also provide human resource solutions tailored to First Nations and Indigenous organizations, including advice on employee management, human rights, unjust and wrongful dismissals, social media, and the drafting of workplace policies to help our clients to pro-actively manage these areas. Our lawyers also have considerable experience advising clients in a range of legal issues that go well beyond the boundaries of workplace law. For example, we have assisted First Nations and Indigenous organizations across Western Canada and the Territories on federal and provincial regulations, governance issues, privacy issues, areas of jurisdiction, and complex litigation.

Our clients include First Nations governments and related organizations such as healthcare, housing, and social services agencies, Friendship Centers, First Nations schools and economic development corporations.


Employment law

  • Drafting, reviewing, and implementing workplace policies and manuals
  • Drafting employment contracts
  • Hiring and termination of employees
  • Employee management including absenteeism, performance, misconduct, and progressive discipline
  • Disability and addiction management
  • Investigations, including financial matters, IT forensics, and employee complaints
  • Wrongful and unjust dismissals
  • Provincial Employment Standards Act issues
  • Employment insurance appeals
  • Jurisdiction issues related to employment and
  • Canada Labour Code issues and complaints

Labour law

  • Union certifications and certification issues with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board and the BC Labour Relations Board
  • Collective agreement interpretation and
  • Collective bargaining and strategy

Training and capacity development (including webinars, on-location ½ and full day training sessions)

  • Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) and Workers Compensation
  • Governance issues (including conflicts of interest and training for members of Council)
  • Human rights complaints at the Canadian and BC Human Rights Tribunal (including jurisdiction issues related to this area)
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Privacy law compliance
  • Complex litigation
  • Policy manual creation and review and
  • Contract review