Brooks’s practice areas are Aboriginal, corporate/commercial and litigation, with particular expertise in First Nations matters. His experience with treaties gives him a strong foundation and appreciation for comprehensive negotiations and agreements.
Brooks is a nehiyaw napew (Cree) from kipohtakaw (Alexander First Nation) in Treaty 6 territory, a treaty which was adhered to by nitâniskocâpân catchistahwayskum (his great-great-grandfather) at Fort Edmonton. Brooks has diverse experiences in Treaty 6, 7 and 8 territories within Alberta, and continues to appreciate the magnitude of all the promises laid out within those foundational documents.
Prior to joining MLT Aikins, Brooks was with an Aboriginal law boutique firm, Eagle Law, based on the Tsuut’ina Nation. He completed his articles with the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Brooks also spent a summer with the Crown Law Office-Civil, the litigation branch of the Attorney General of Ontario.
Brooks focused his studies in Aboriginal law and Indigenous legal traditions through internship opportunities while in law school. These experiences include the Specific Claims Tribunal and Parliament Hill.
He is functionally bilingual, and in his spare time is learning to speak his peoples’ language, nehiyawewin (Cree).
- Executive Director, Indigenous Bar Association (2015-present)
- Chairperson, National Indigenous Law Students’ Association
- Vice-president, Indigenous Law Students’ Association, University of Ottawa
- Events Co-ordinator, Indigenous Law Students’ Association, University of Ottawa
- Presenter, “Crown Duty of Consultation and Accommodation: Policies and Requirements of Regulators; National Energy Board; Self-Government; Federal and Constitutional Issues, Indian Act – Exemption from Taxation,” Aboriginal Law, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law (March-April 2018)
- Presenter, “Indigenous Voices in the Criminal Justice System: Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine and Cindy Gladue,” Indigenous Voices Roundtable, Indigenous Law Students’ Association, University of Alberta, Faculty of Law (March 2018)
- Presenter, « La lutte pour l’égalité au Québec et au Canada, » (The fight for equality in Quebec and Canada, Broadbent Institute), Institut Broadbent (March 2018)
- Presenter, “Aboriginal Law: Consultation and Accommodation,” Indigenous Studies 502, University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Sciences (January 2018)
- Aboriginal Role Models of Alberta Award (2016)
- Sam Odjick Scholarship
- Barry Paul Scholarship