After earning his Juris Doctor in 2013, Aaron completed a judicial clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada with the Honourable Mr. Justice Mandamin. He then joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an articled student and, in 2015, became an associate. Aaron’s practice includes research, litigation, and strategic advice related to a wide variety of Aboriginal rights, title, and governance issues. In particular, Aaron has been involved in several matters related to the management and governance of Aboriginal fishing rights, including injunctions heard before the Federal Court.
A member of the Musqueam Indian Band, Aaron studied at the University of British Columbia where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in religion, literature, and the arts. While studying law, Aaron worked extensively with his community as a policy assistant, and as the student coordinator for Musqueam 101, a community speaker series held weekly on the Musqueam Reserve. At UBC, Aaron was actively involved in the Indigenous Law Students’ Association and participated in the Kawaskimhon Moot. He also served at the UBC First Nations Legal Clinic, representing Indigenous clients in a variety of areas including criminal, administrative, human rights, and employment law.
Drawing inspiration from historic court cases and the achievements of his fellow band members, Aaron views the law as one means of ensuring that Indigenous communities’ laws, rights, title, and traditional governance are respected and upheld.
B.A. University of British Columbia, 2007
J.D. University of British Columbia, 2013
Professional Standing & Affiliations
Member, Law Society of B.C. (2015)
Member, Canadian Bar Association (2010)
Publications & Presentations
Panelist, Musqueam Excellence in Education Lecture, Year of Indigenous Education Event (UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver, October 11, 2012).
tə qeqən ʔə ƛ̓ qiyəplenəxʷ: Politics, Territory, and the History of the Capilano House Post (Co-presented with Douglas Harris), Law & Society Association of Australia & New Zealand: Law on the Edge Conference (UBC Faculty of Law, Vancouver, July 2, 2013).