Catherine Fagan


Catherine Fagan is based in Montréal and is a member of the Southern Inuit community of NunatuKavut in Labrador.

She is a member of the Barreau du Québec, the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador and the Law Society of Manitoba. She practises in the areas of Aboriginal law, constitutional law and environmental law. She works exclusively with Indigenous clients to support their litigation, negotiation and governance needs. 

Catherine negotiates with provincial and federal governments as well as resource companies. She has particular experience in self-governance agreements, the creation of parks and protected areas, and other land and environmental matters. 

Catherine has worked on cases at all court levels, including several Supreme Court of Canada cases. She is experienced in treaty compliance, Aboriginal rights and title claims, requirements to consult/obtain consent for resource development projects, endangered species and forestry.

Catherine also works with her clients to develop and draft community laws, and to plan and implement various community development and governance projects. She is especially interested in working with communities to revitalize their traditional Indigenous laws and to incorporate them into modern legal structures.

She has also volunteered for many years with Lawyers Without Borders Canada, working particularly with Indigenous nations in Central and South America. She previously worked with the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on Biodiversity, as well as the Maori Waikato-Tainui Tribal Council in New Zealand. 

Catherine works in both English and French.

Professional Memberships:

  • Barreau du Québec, 2007
  • Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Indigenous Bar Association

Contact Catherine  | catherinefagan@arbutuslaw.caP: 514-803-0623