Nadir André  

Partner

Executive Summary

Nadir André is the national leader of our Aboriginal Law Group. He is a member of the Matimekush-Lac John First Nation and has sound experience in Aboriginal law. He services many Aboriginal clients, as well as corporations seeking to do business with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal business organization in Québec and elsewhere in Canada. He is directly involved in certain comprehensive and specified land claims' negotiations in Québec, Newfoundland and Labrador and Northern Ontario. Nadir also specializes in matters connected with natural resources development involving Aboriginal communities and businesses.

Representative Work

  • Negotiations of socio-economic agreements between Aboriginals and the mining industry (Labrador, Iron Mines, Tata Steel, Arcelor Mittal, Alderon, etc.).
  • Negotiations of First Nations' land claims with governments, leading to the conclusion of treaties.

Publications & Presentations

Presentations and Lectures

  • Speaker, "Pratiques et stratégies pour optimiser la négociation entre communautés autochtones, promoteurs de projets et gouvernements," Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec, 19e Congrès annuel, Mont-Tremblant, February 24 to 26, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Preparing YOUR community for the 'NEW' IBA Reality — Maximizing Financial Participation, Employment & Business opportunity entitlements that are Right for YOUR Community," AFOA Canada, 16th National Conference, Montréal, February 16 to 18, 2016.
  • Speaker, "L'Obligation de consulter les Autochtones a dix ans: défis d'ici et d'ailleurs," Journée de formation pour les juristes de l'État, Québec, September 24, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Droits ancestraux et obligations des entreprises minières," Association minière du Québec, Symposium 2015 sur l'environnement et les mines, Rouyn-Noranda, June 14 to 17, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Le contexte juridique, social et économique dans le cadre des partenariats d'affaires entre les communautés autochtones et l'industrie (Legal, Social & Economic Context of Partnerships With Aboriginal Communities)" et "Réussir vos ententes post- Tsilhqot'in (Agreements post-Tsilhqot'in)," L'Institut Canadien, Conférence sur les partenariats d'affaires avec les communautés autochtones, Montréal, February 10 and 11, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Impact of Recent Developments on Final Agreements and Reconciliation", Insight Information, Aboriginal Law Forum, Ottawa, November 3 and 4, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference - Mediation in Corporate/Aboriginal Negotiations: Impact Benefit Agreements: The Aboriginal perspective", ADR Institute of Canada Inc., Montréal, October 23 and 24, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Les Communautés et les Entreprises Autochtones, des partenaires stratégiques!", Événements les Affaires, 6e édition Objectif Nord, Montréal, September 30 and October 1, 2014.
  • Speaker, "La participation des autochtones dans les projets d'exploitation d'énergie : Le Québec se distingue-t-il du reste du Canada?", Forum autochtone sur la gestion des ressources naturelles et du territoire, Insight Information, Montréal, September 30 and October 1, 2013.
  • Speaker, "How to Stimulate Community Innovation and Achieve Independent and Prosperous Aboriginal Communities," Canadian Institute's National Forum on Indigenous Leadership and Self-Governance, Ottawa, June 19 and 20, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Les opportunités et les défis reliés au développement des affaires avec les autochtones dans le Nord québécois," Canadian Bar Association, April 10, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Étendre ses activités dans le Nord du Québec;" Deloitte Class on Business, Québec City, December 6 and 7, 2011 and December 4, 2012.
  • Speaker, "21e Séminaire annuel des avocats spécialisés en valeurs mobilières," BCF Seminar, Tremblant, October 18 and 19, 2012.
  • Speaker, "The Exempt Market Conference in Montréal," 2012 EMDA Exempt Market Conference Series, The Exempt Market Association of Canada (EMDA), June 28, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Critical Update on Consultation Issues Arising out of Québec," 6th Annual Forum on Aboriginal Law, Consultation & Accommodation, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, February 22, 2012.
  • Chairman, "Conférence sur les défis, les opportunités d'affaires et les partenariats dans le cadre du Plan Nord"
  • Speaker, "Sur la gestion des ressources naturelles et du territoire," 7th Forum autochtone, Montréal, September 28 and 29, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, et al: Peut-on tout prévoir dans un Traité?", 10th Forum autochtone, Co-Chairman and Speaker, Insight Information, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Les difficultés juridiques et les solutions potentielles dans la mise en œuvre des traités," 9th Forum autochtone, Co-Chairman and Speaker, Insight Information, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Une analyse des décisions et des différends récents en revendications territoriales au Québec et une étude comparative des développements récents en Colombie-Britannique," Canadian Institute, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Les principaux défis de la négociation et la mise en œuvre des traités modernes," 8th Forum autochtone, Co-Chairman and Speaker, Insight Information, 2009.
  • Speaker, "Les décisions judiciaires récentes au Canada et au Québec en matière de droit autochtone et leurs implications pour les communautés autochtones," 7th Forum autochtone, Co-Chairman and Speaker, Insight Information, 2008.

Publications

  • Quoted, "Reconciliation Time: Aboriginal Negotiations," Lexpert Magazine, June 2016.
  • "Mettre en valeur les ressources naturelles en partenariat avec les peuples autochtones? Et pourquoi pas?/ Developing Natural Resources in Partnership with the Aboriginal Peoples? And Why Not?", Nadir André, Point in Natural Resources. August 2014.
  • "Négocier avec les communautés autochtones," Marie-Christine Gagnon and Nadir André, Industrie Québec. Autumn-Winter, 2012.
  • "Québec New North," The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 15th Edition, 2011, p. A-83.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Nadir André was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition (and since 2009) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Aboriginal Law).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Québec" and a "Litigation Star: Aboriginal".
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Aboriginal Law).
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2013 Lexpert® Special Edition on Global Mining.