Co-Chairs

Janelle Dwyer, Partner, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC. Janelle is a business lawyer practising in the area of economic development for First Nations communities. She provides legal advice related to commercial matters, real estate, financing and corporate structuring, often using her skill and knowledge to accommodate existing corporate and land tenure models to the unique situation on reserve. Janelle’s commercial practice involves negotiations with resource companies and the Crown, and drafting and advising on agreements from the memorandum of understanding stage to the final agreement. Her real estate practice encompasses all aspects of land transactions: acquisitions, financing, development approvals, sales and leasing. She regularly advises on developing corporate entities such as limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, societies and trusts. She also works closely with First Nations on governance issues, including the development of property taxation regimes, drafting regulations, constitutions, bylaws and policies.

   

Krista Robertson, Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC. Krista has worked with Indigenous communities since 2002 as an advocate for Indigenous law and legal rights. She has a diverse, national practice and is a member of the law societies of British Columbia, Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She has been an officer of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association since 2010 and was National Chair in 2017-2018, working at a national level on law reform and advocacy initiatives in the area of Aboriginal law. Krista spends much of her time in the communities she works with and has experience in diverse legal contexts including historic treaties, modern land claim agreements, aboriginal rights litigation, and a broad range of Indigenous legal systems. She assists her clients with governance matters, resource use decision making and the protection of aboriginal and treaty rights.

   

Faculty

 

Rosa Brown, Lands Manager, Vuntut Gwitchin Government, Old Crow, YT.

   

Ginger Gibson, Director, Firelight Group, Edmonton, AB.

   

Larry Greba, Coastal First Nations, Vancouver, BC. 

   

Rebecca Johnson, Professor, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

   
Brent Lehmann, Partner, Ratcliff & Company LLP, North Vancouver, BC.
   
  Kelsey McDermott, Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC.
   
Stephen Mussell, Associate, Mandell Pinder LLP, Vancouver, BC.
   
Chief Larry Nooski, Nadleh Whut'en First Nation, Fort Fraser, BC.
   
Matthew Pasco, Title Protector, Nlaka'pamux Nation Tribal Council, Lytton, BC.
   
Jasmine Paul, Rights and Title Director, shíshálh Nation, Sechelt, BC.
   
Michelle Tung, Manager of Environmental Programs, Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance, Williams Lake, BC.