Candice S. Metallic is a citizen of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Nation. She has been a member of provincial bars of British Columbia since 1997 and Ontario since 2006. She currently practices as a senior associate with Maurice Law, Barristers & Solicitors, based in Akwesasne, Ontario.
Ms. Metallic devotes her practice to the protection and implementation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights for First Nation clients. She developed an expertise in Indigenous Law through her vast and diverse experience, beginning in her early years by working with the Aboriginal Justice Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where she represented under-privileged Aboriginal peoples in the criminal justice system; while practicing as an associate with Blake, Cassels & Graydon, LLP in constitutional litigation for First Nations, including the seminal case of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia at the Supreme Court of Canada; as legal counsel to the former Indian Claims Commission which was a Commission of Inquiry examining First Nation specific claims; and as in house legal counsel to the Assembly of First Nations.
Ms. Metallic’s practice currently focuses on assisting First Nations in developing governance and economic capacity; preparing, advocating and negotiating the resolution of land claims and other resource agreements; and the implementation of Treaties. As part of this wide practice area, Ms. Metallic also advises on the application of the law related to consultation and accommodation of First Nation rights and interests, fisheries, matrimonial real property and citizenship.