Lee Francoeur is a lawyer of First Nations ancestry (Taku River Tlingit – Northwest British Columbia) who works primarily with First Nations towards the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights, and often presents and consults on topics about which he is passionate, such as Reconciliation and Indigenous law and governance.
Lee has spent over twenty years providing general legal counsel to First Nation governments, businesses and organizations, as well as businesses that work with First Nations. Lee has worked with clients in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations and Canada on the development of the Specific Claims Tribunal – particularly in relation to Specific Claims over $150 million. He is currently working with clients on the resolution of outstanding claims well in excess of $2 billion. He assists First Nations communities in the development, implementation, and amendment of Trusts, always with a focus on creating the best possible opportunities for his clients and the benefit of future generations.
Lee received both his bachelor’s in Political Science and juris doctor degrees –from the University of Calgary.
Honours and Membership
Lee is honoured to be the Resident Fellow in Indigenous Law & Culture of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Law. He serves on the boards of directors of Ecotrust Canada and The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED).