Kathryn, Managing Partner, lives and works in the unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən People. 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 is a member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
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, fees and charges, and financial administration laws. She is also general counsel to the First Nations Finance Authority.
Kathryn is a member of the First Nations Tax Administrators Association (“FNTAA”), the ADR Institutes of Canada and British Columbia (“ADRIC” and “ADRBC”), and a member-at-large on the CBA National Aboriginal Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections. She holds an LL.M. in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall, and is a legal member of the Tsawwassen First Nation Judicial Council.
Kathryn is recognized in the 2017-2020 editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and in the 2019-2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada as among Canada’s top practitioners in Aboriginal Law.