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At Hajduk LLP, we have a team of law experts that are fully prepared to navigate all aspects of Aboriginal Law. We have extensive experience in assisting with Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Land Claims & Rights Litigation, Challenging & Appealing Government Decisions, Defence of Prosecutions, Neutral Facilitation or Mediation, and Public Inquiries.

Our firm’s lawyers have developed expertise in negotiation, mediation, litigation, counsel, and special advisory work for Métis people across Alberta. From the start, we have been breaking new ground in Aboriginal law litigation and negotiations involving historical, contemporary, and international treaties.

On December 16, 2010, Richard B. Hajduk and Rodger C. Gibbs of our firm successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding a Judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal that declared two sections of the Metis Settlements Act unconstitutional as offending equality rights provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a unanimous decision on July 21, 2011, accepting each of the arguments submitted by Hajduk LLP, and upheld the constitutionality of the two sections of the Metis Settlements Act. This case represents a significant victory for our client, one of the 8 Metis Settlements, and a significant milestone for the Metis People of Alberta in their centuries’ old fight for recognition of their independent identity and culture. (see: Alberta (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development) v. Cunningham, 2011 SCC 37, [2011] 2 S.C.R. 670)