Hensel Barristers is dedicated to serving the needs of First Nations communities across the country, working within the Canadian legal system while respecting and at times asserting the sovereign rights of First Nations. We have represented First Nations, their members, and Indigenous organizations in diverse litigation proceedings including injunctions, human rights complaints, and judicial reviews. We have acted for First Nations in disputes concerning land, Aboriginal and treaty rights, the duty to consult, commercial relations, and systemic racism and discrimination. At all times, we seek to protect and promote our clients' rights within Canadian legal processes, while honouring our own and our clients' obligations within our communities and Nations.
So long as what we consider justice is withheld from us, so long will dissatisfaction and unrest exist among us, and we will continue to struggle to better ourselves...
We believe it is not the desire nor policy of your government that these conditions should exist...We desire that every matter of importance to each tribe be a subject of treaty, so we may have a definite understanding with the government on all questions of moment between us and them.
Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier, Premier of the Dominion of Canada, from the Chiefs of the Shuswap, Okanagan and Couteau Tribes of British Columbia, presented at Kamloops, 25th August, 1910.