Maya practices in the areas of Aboriginal and environmental law. She assists Aboriginal clients navigate relationships with the government and industry through consultation and accommodation, government-to-government agreements, and litigation. She has acted for First Nations governments and businesses in commercial transactions involving secured financing, contracts with industry, and land conveyance. Maya also advises in the area of contaminated sites law, including cost recovery actions under the Environmental Management Act.
Maya’s select work experience includes:
representing First Nations in treaty negotiations, with an emphasis on negotiating shared-decision making and creating jurisdictional space for First Nations governments to act as decision-maker;
advising private businesses owners in contaminated sites and environmental law, including due diligence advice in advance of the sale of contaminated property;
developing reconciliation agreements between First Nations, the federal, provincial and local governments, which include provisions for First Nation land management and commercial development;
representing and advising First Nations on forestry regulation and management, including dealings with the provincial government and project proponents;
preparing reports and legal opinions based on historical and ethnographic research in support of government-to-government engagement;
assisting First Nation governments in developing internal laws and policies, for example in the areas of member property disputes, human resource policies and video surveillance;
incorporating and structuring corporations and societies; and
providing support in judicial review and constitutional litigation at all levels of court, including the Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and in regulatory hearings before the National Energy Board and British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Maya studied international law and has a special interest in the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, both at home in Canada and globally.
Outside of the office, Maya serves on the board of directors for a Japanese cultural exchange society and advocates for persecuted human rights defenders with a United Nations watchdog. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, sailing in Howe Sound, and learning Japanese. On the weekends you can find her dancing and singing karaoke, usually to the bemusement of friends.
University of Nottingham, LL.B (Hons), 2013
Professional Standing and Memberships
Law Society of British Columbia (2017)
Canadian Bar Association