Candice S. Metallic, B.A., LL.B, IPC, LSM
Candice S. Metallic, a citizen of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Nation, was called to the provincial bars in British Columbia (1997) and Ontario (2006) and is the founder and principal of Metallic Law, Barristers & Solicitors. Her office is based in the community of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in Ontario.
Candice was honoured in May 2021 with the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Ontario and was recognized for being a true champion who has devoted her career to law reform and the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous Peoples. Her leadership and groundbreaking work have been transformative in advancing Indigenous rights in Canada.
Candice devotes her practice to the protection and assertion of Indigenous rights. She currently focuses on assisting First Nations in developing governance and economic capacity; preparing and negotiating the resolution of land claims and natural resource / revenue sharing agreements; and the implementation of Treaties. As part of this wide practice area, Candice also advises on the application of the law related to consultation and accommodation of First Nation rights and interests, fisheries, citizenship and human rights.
Candice developed an expertise in Indigenous Law through vast and diverse experience, beginning in her early years working with the Aboriginal Justice Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia where she represented under-privileged Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice system; practising as an associate with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in constitutional litigation for First Nations, including the seminal Supreme Court of Canada case, Delgamuukw v. British Columbia; acting as legal counsel to the former Indian Claims Commission, a Commission of Inquiry examining First Nation specific claims; as in-house legal counsel to the Assembly of First Nations, as counsel to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci in the “Independent Review of First Nations on Juries in Ontario,” and as legal counsel to the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair in the “Investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board” in 2018.