Kathryn is based in Victoria. Her practice focuses on self-governance initiatives, including negotiation of self-governance agreements and the drafting of Constitutions, Land Codes, land laws, and other laws, bylaws, and related policies. She has a special interest in environmental law, and completed the 2-year Associates program through the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre.
A significant portion of Kathryn’s practice focuses on initiatives under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act(“FMA”). Working with more than two dozen Indigenous communities, Kathryn has drafted more than 100 laws under the FMA, including property taxation and assessment, property transfer tax, development cost charge, local services, taxpayer representation, business activity tax, and financial administration laws. She is also general counsel to the First Nations Finance Authority.
Kathryn is a frequent presenter at conferences, and has delivered workshops to many communities on topics such as governance, financial administration, and employment matters. She is a member of the First Nations Tax Administrators Association (“FNTAA”) and an active member of the CBA Aboriginal Law section.
Kathryn is recognized in the 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directoryas among Canada’s top practitioners in Aboriginal Law.
When not at work, Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, cycling, and practicing taekwondo and yoga.