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Christopher was one of the founding partners of Devlin Gailus, the predecessor to DGW Law Corporation.
Christopher’s practice focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty law on behalf of First Nations, tribal councils, Métis groups and other Indigenous organizations.
Christopher works with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada, as a litigator, negotiator and strategic advisor. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals and regulatory panels. He has negotiated multi-party agreements on behalf of Indigenous clients, including specific claim settlements, consultation process agreements and impact benefit agreements.
Christopher is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Aboriginal Law by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
- Represented First Nations, Métis and Indigenous groups in Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation, consultation, governance and employment matters
- Appeared as counsel of record before the superior courts in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and before the Specific Claims Tribunal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada
- Negotiated consultation protocol agreement between Indigenous clients and public agencies
- Negotiated impact benefit agreements between Indigenous clients and resource proponents in the forestry, oil and gas, and mining sectors
- Negotiated specific claims on behalf of First Nations with Canada
- Transaction work on behalf of First Nation clients respecting purchase and sale of commercial lands and assets, construction of passenger ferry, purchase and sale of business as going concerns
- Trust work for First Nations for land and cash settlements
- Corporate work for First Nations and First Nation owned entities
- Tax opinions respecting First Nations and First Nation controlled entities
- Provided strategic advice to Indigenous clients on leveraging Aboriginal and Treaty rights to preserve their lands and practices, and to benefit from the development of those lands for future generations
Professional and Community Activities
- Member of the Law Society of British Columbia since May, 1998
- Member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Northwest Territories
- Past chairperson of the CBA’s National Aboriginal Law Section
- Member, CBA’s National Aboriginal Law Section’s Law Reform Committee
- Frequent author and presenter on issues of Aboriginal law
- Regularly appears as a witness on Aboriginal law issues before Parliamentary committees
For a list of Christopher’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.