Nicole practices in the fields of Aboriginal and environmental law, with a particular focus on developing and implementing self-governance structures, consultation and accommodation with government and industry, and pursuing Specific Claims.
Nicole also works on reconciliation and self-determination negotiations, regulatory processes, drafting impact benefit agreements and working directly with First Nations to develop constitutions, election codes, membership codes and not-for-profit societies. Nicole is passionate about working closely with First Nations to meet the unique needs, vision and spirit of each community. Nicole has a particular interest in advancing Indigenous title and rights through navigating the political and legal landscape in the era of reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous Rights.
Nicole’s select work experience includes:
negotiating recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination Agreements and Reconciliation Agreements between First Nations governments and the federal and provincial governments;
developing co-management and shared decision-making frameworks between First Nations governments, industry and the province;
advising First Nations-owned corporations and businesses on contract negotiation, employment and litigation;
acting as counsel for First Nations before the Specific Claims Tribunal;
advising First Nations governments with respect to the acquisition of Crown lands;
advising First Nations governments and band members regarding bylaws, property disputes and sale of CP lots; and
developing and structuring not-for-profit societies.
Nicole is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, based in Fort Langley, British Columbia. Before joining BR Law, Nicole worked directly for her First Nation in their Lands and Resources department and business company. She also has experience working for non-profit organizations including West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver, BC and most recently at an internship with the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, DC.
Nicole serves on executive for the CBA BC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum and CBA BC Young Lawyers Advisory Committee. She was also a member of the CBA BC Truth and Reconciliation Working Group tasked with producing a report in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Aside from her legal practice, Nicole enjoys travel, photography, the outdoors and is an avid sports fan.
University of British Columbia, JD, 2016
University of Victoria, BA, 2013
Professional Standing and Memberships
Law Society of British Columbia (2017)
CBA BC Aboriginal Lawyers Forum
Indigenous Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association