Indigenous lawyer stresses early engagement is key to success of major projects

By Sam Laskaris  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sara Mainville has held many prestigious posts. The Anishinaabe lawyer, who has been a member of the Ontario bar since 2005, stepped up a decade ago to serve as the chief of Couchiching First Nation in northern Ontario. Mainville was elected to a two-year term in an election that followed the sudden passing of then chief Chuck McPherson. Mainville uses her law background and also her experience as a former chief to currently assist Indigenous communities with various forms of dispute resolution. Mainville is a managing partner of JFK Law, a national law firm operating primarily in B.C., but that also does work across the country. She was a panelist at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada conference that was staged…

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