Aboriginal governments are asked to meet the challenges of maintaining their culture while operating in a modern world. They must balance the old and the new when managing their community’s land, negotiating with other governments, consulting their citizens and in handling daily administration over Federal lands.

The team at Grant Huberman has extensive experience helping Indian Bands and First Nations governments with differing levels of capacity and diverse needs. The firm combines traditional laws and governance with modern public sector management tools and aboriginal law principles. Help is provided in many ways.

The land is uniquely important to First Nations. Aboriginal governments are asked to manage the many issues that involve the community’s land. Grant Huberman assists with traditional land use, environmental concerns and resource benefit agreements. The firm helps prepare land and marine use submissions,

In many cases, lands were taken from Aboriginal Governments historically. Grant Huberman has negotiated the Addition of Lands to Reserve and land exchanges with other governments.

Negotiating with neighbouring Aboriginal governments is a concern for many Aboriginal communities. Grant Huberman provides Aboriginal governments with the expertise required to handle boundary issues, develop shared jurisdiction agreements and benefit from their inter-governmental relationships.

Aboriginal governments must work with Canada and the provinces. Grant Huberman assists First Nations with land management questions, treaty making and with many similar issues that involve the Crown.

The treaty process requires a great deal of preparation on the part of Aboriginal Governments. Grant Huberman assists with reports and proposals required by Aboriginal Nations who are working with the BC Treaty Commission and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in the Treaty Process.

The Firm also provides employees and band administration with tools to address employment and labour issues with Aboriginal Governments.

  • Governing Lands and Waters:  Limits to Reserve Title and Indian Act Powers in British Columbia and Proposals for Reform (co-authored with David Schulze, (2001) 35 UBC Law review 415)
  • Reservations and Reserves: The Shrinking Ambit of Reserve Title and Indian Act Powers and the New Possibilities of s. 35 Rights (Paper presented to the Canadian Bar Association, Aboriginal Law Section Spring meeting, April 24, 1997)
  • The Recognition of Traditional Law in Child Custody Applications:  Wilson v. Wilson, case comment [1991] 4 C.N.L.R. 1