Aboriginal, Constitutional and Administrative Law


My vision is to live in a world where aboriginal rights and title, individual civil liberties and environmental sustainability form the basis of all government decision-making.


Sonya Pighin Law’s objectives are to:

  • ensure all government officials (federal, provincial, local and Indigenous):

    • act only within the authorities given to them under the Constitution Acts 1867-1982, or for Indigenous governments the authorities granted to them by Indigenous laws of their Nations,

    • uphold their obligations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian human rights laws, and

    • provide procedural fairness in their decision-making;

  • ensure the Crown meaningfully recognizes aboriginal rights and title, consistent with the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the recommendations of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry;

  • assist Indigenous peoples in developing governance systems that maximize their ability to exercise Aboriginal rights and title and treaty rights;

  • assist Indigenous peoples in ensuring their languages, cultures, traditions and practices form the basis of their laws, by-laws, policies and procedures; and

  • assist Indigenous peoples, Indigenous organizations and non-government civil rights organizations in meeting their organizational goals, strategic and community plans, and governance initiatives.


Legal Services Offered

Sonya Pighin Law is a 100% aboriginal-owned business that provides aboriginal, constitutional, administrative and employment law services to First Nation Bands, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal Organizations, Administrative Decision-Makers, and individuals....

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About Sonya Pighin

Sonya is a member of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation and a member of the Gitdumden (Bear/Wolf) Clan of the Wet'suwet'en People. She has an extensive background working within the public service and with indigenous communities in the areas of  law, dispute resolution, human rights, settlement negotiations, mental health and child/family services...

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"Reconciliation requires a meaningful recognition of Indigenous legal systems, aboriginal title and aboriginal rights, including a right to self-government."

— Sonya Pighin