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2019 Rising Stars Winners

Congratulations Rising Stars Winners of 2019

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
November 7th, 2019


Catherine Fagan

Partner, Arbutus Law Group LLP


Catherine exclusively represents Indigenous clients before the Quebec Superior Court and Court of Appeal, Federal Court, National Energy Board and various arbitrations. She worked on numerous Supreme Court of Canada cases on Aboriginal/ treaty rights.


She has successfully defended her clients in many important cases. In Makivik Corporation v. Québec (Attorney General) 2014 , the Court of Appeal found for the Cree, Inuit and Naskapi, that the government had breached treaty rights. Catherine has also represented her clients in several high-level negotiations. In 2017, she negotiated for the Cree Nation of Mistissini to take over the management of a 17000km2 wildlife sanctuary in Northern Québec, making the first time a First Nation is solely managing a wildlife sanctuary.


Catherine has volunteered with Lawyers without Borders (LWBC) for over 10 years. She has worked on many projects with LWBC, including on strategic litigation and in 2018 she travelled to Guatemala to train Indigenous lawyers on resource development negotiation strategies.


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