Co-Chairs

Karey Brooks, Principal, JFK Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Karey practises civil litigation with a focus on Aboriginal, constitutional and administrative law. She has appeared in all levels of court, including in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Karey primarily acts for First Nations and First Nations organizations in court and negotiations with government and industry on matters relating to Aboriginal rights and title, consultation, regulatory matters, including environmental assessments, and general governance matters, including status and membership issues. Karey also has experience in other public law related work, including with respect to Charter rights litigation and public inquiries. Karey was co-counsel to the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation in Daniels v. Canada. In 2016, Karey was awarded the UBC Law School Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and in 2015, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Legal Rising Stars by Lexpert.

   

Hadley Friedland, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Law, Edmonton, AB. Dr. Friedland’s research focuses on Indigenous laws, Aboriginal law, criminal justice, family and child welfare law and therapeutic jurisprudence. She has published numerous articles and collaborated to produce accessible Indigenous legal resources for Indigenous communities, legal professionals and the general public. Dr. Friedland holds a Child and Youth Care diploma (with distinction) from MacEwan University, an LLB from the University of Victoria, and an LLM and PhD from the University of Alberta. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2010. She was the first Research Director of the Indigenous Law Research Unit [ILRU] at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and is co-creator, with Dr. Val Napoleon, of the ILRU methodology. She has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across Canada to identify and articulate their own laws. Dr. Friedland’s research has won several awards, including the prestigious Vanier Scholarship and the inaugural SSHRC Impact Talent Award. Her PhD dissertation, Reclaiming the Language of Law: The Contemporary Articulation and Application of Cree Legal Principles in Canada, was awarded the Governor General Gold Medal. Her first book, The Wetiko (Windigo) Legal Principles: Cree and Anishinabek Responses to Violence and Victimization has recently been released by University of Toronto Press.

   

Faculty

Dr. Natalie Clark, M.S.W., PhD., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. Natalie’s practice, teaching, activism and research over the last 20 years have focused on violence against children, youth and their families and communities and the coping responses to this violence. Natalie’s work is informed and mobilized through her interconnected identities including her Métis and settler ancestry; as a solo-parent of three Secwepemc children and part of the Secwepemc community; an academic; activist and sexual abuse counsellor. The work draws on the author’s over 25 years of research and practice in the area of trauma and violence with a focus on healing and resistance to violence and trauma, including the impact of policy and intersecting policies on Indigenous families and communities. In addition to her role as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in the School of Social Work, Natalie continues to practice including her ongoing work as a violence counsellor, and Indigenous girls group facilitator.

   

Julian Falconer, Lawyer, Falconers LLP, Toronto, ON. Julian received his law degree from the University of Alberta and also holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Toronto and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph-Humber. Julian currently acts as Independent Counsel to the Chair of the AG’s Iacobucci Report Implementation Committee and the Falconers team is also providing the legal support to NAN in its ground breaking volunteer jury initiative in northern remote communities (“Operation Invite”), an initiative aimed at redressing the exclusion of Aboriginal communities from jury rolls in Ontario. Julian is a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and in that capacity serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. In addition to extensive writings on issues of race and civil liberties, he has also co-authored a book on Coroners Inquests in Ontario.

   

Peter Juk, Q.C., Assistant Deputy Attorney General, BC Prosecution Service, Vancouver, BC. Peter Juk QC is the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, in charge of the BC Prosecution Service. He first joined the Crown in 1992, after clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and articling at a criminal defence firm. After two years with the Crown, Peter went into private practice, first at Arvay Finlay then at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he became a partner in 2000. Peter returned to the Crown in 2005, to conduct major crime prosecutions. In 2011 he was appointed the Regional Crown Counsel in charge of Vancouver Island. In 2013 he became the Director of Appeals and Special Prosecutions for the Province of BC, a position he held until his appointment as Assistant Deputy Attorney General in October 2016. Peter was appointed Queen’s Counsel in November, 2010.

   

Crystal Lameman, Treaty Coordinator, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Lac La Biche, AB. Crystal Lameman is a single mother of two and a proud citizen of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6, where she currently holds the position of Treaty Coordinator.  Crystal is the Senior Policy Analyst/Liaison in Environment and Climate for the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations (a PTO of the 17 First Nations of Treaty 6 West).  Previous to that she worked for three years as the Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Prairie Chapter.  Crystal is an affiliate of the International Indian Treaty Council who have supported her work at the United Nations level. Crystal's formal academia includes a 2 Year Indigenous Social Work Diploma from Maskwacis Cultural College (2002), Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Athabasca University (2010), Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta (2012) and is a current Graduate student at the University of Alberta where she is a Candidate (2018) for her Masters of Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, Indigenous Peoples Education. 

   
 

Suzette Narbonne, Child and Youth Lawyer, The Child and Youth Legal Centre, Society for Children and Youth of BC, Vancouver, BC. For the past 27 years, Suzette Narbonne has worked to improve access to justice for the less fortunate through both her legal practice and her professional leadership. She began her career in 1990 with Legal Aid Manitoba where she served isolated communities in the northern part of the province and conducted free legal advice clinics for First Nations Communities. Five years later, she moved to Prince Rupert where she continued her commitment to low-income people by taking legal aid cases throughout northern BC and by working with anti-poverty organizations. Since 2010, she has been based in Sechelt but continues to provide services throughout the province. Her practice has focussed on family law, child protection, criminal litigation and human rights representation. She has mentored many lawyers through the Canadian Bar Association, has served as a Governor for the Law Foundation of BC, as a Bencher of the Law Society of BC and as the Chair of the Legal Services Society. Currently, she serves as an elected member of the Provincial Council of the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch.

   

Councillor Douglas White III, B.A., J.D., Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo, BC. Doug White is a member and former Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. His Coast Salish name is Kwul’a’sul’tun and his Nuu-chah-nulth name is Tlii’shin. After completing his B.A. in First Nations Studies (with distinction) from Malaspina University-College, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 2006. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in January 2008. He has been a director of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada and an associate lawyer at Mandell Pinder. He was the elected Chief of the Snuneymuxw First Nation from December 2009 to February 2014 where a major focus of his work was in relation to the implementation of the Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854. From June of 2010 to June 2013, he was elected by Chiefs of British Columbia to lead the First Nations Summit as a member of the FNS Task Group. In that capacity, he advocated for First Nations seeking resolution of outstanding issues with the Crown. In that role, he was also a member of the BC First Nations Leadership Council working on common issues with BC First Nations, particularly the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate, and advocated on their behalf with the governments of British Columbia, Canada and internationally at the United Nations. Doug was appointed to the BC Aboriginal Justice Council by the First Nations Summit in April, 2016. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation at Vancouver Island University and practises as a lawyer and negotiator across the country for First Nations governments. He is an also legal counsel for First Nations across the country, and lectures frequently at universities on Indigenous legal issues.