Crystal ReevesAssociate

Crystal Reves

Phone: 604.566.8566
Fax: 604.681.0959
Assistant: Gina Gair |

Professional Summary

Professional Summary

Crystal joined Mandell Pinder in 2010.  Her work includes advocacy, negotiations, research, and strategic advice with respect to aboriginal rights and governance, participation in environmental assessments, consultation and accommodation, Indigenous laws and governance and child protection matters. She has been involved in litigation involving Aboriginal rights, child protection and family law matters, commercial litigation, and employment matters on behalf of First Nation clients, as well as involved in regulatory hearings regarding major resource projects. Crystal was also co-counsel to a coalition of First Nations and Aboriginal fisheries organizations that participated in the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.

Prior to joining Mandell Pinder LLP, Ms. Reeves received a Public Interest Articling Fellowship from the Law Foundation of British Columbia to article at the Upper Skeena Counselling and Legal Assistance Society, a community legal aid clinic in Gitxsan Territory.   Ms. Reeves completed her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she participated in the First Nations Intensive Program and interned at the New South Wales Native Title Services in Sydney, Australia.  After law school, she interned at the Pacific Judicial Education Program in Suva, Fiji, under the Young Professional Internship Program and through the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, where she conducted legal and community based research on Indigenous customary courts, criminal law and human rights law and co-authored Judicial Bench Books for the Samoan Land and Titles Court, and the Magistrates’ Courts of the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue and the Cook Islands.

Ms. Reeves completed her LL.M. in Law and Society at the University of Victoria, where she considered the intersection of Indigenous laws and colonial legal traditions in Samoa.   Upon completion of her LL.M. thesis, Crystal was hired as the Legal Researcher at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC, where she led the Family Relations Act Reform Project. The purpose of the project was to engage adults and youth who have experience with the family law system in British Columbia, in order to receive their recommendations on proposed reforms to the Family Relations Act.

Ms. Reeves currently teaches Indigenous Law and Governance in the Indigenous Planning stream at the School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia.


LL.M. Law and Society, University of Victoria, 2007
LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School, 2003
B.A. University of Lethbridge, 2000

Professional Standing & Affiliations

Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2009)

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

Contributor, “Aboriginal Family Law Issues,” BC Family Practice Manual Update 2014, CLEBC

“Traditional Decision-Making in Contemporary Child Welfare: Relying on Dane-zaa Laws to Care for the Protect Chidlren and Families” (Co-authored with Tara Ney, Vanessa Currie, Maureen Maloney, Crystal Reeves, Jillian Ridington, Robin Ridington and Judith Zwickel) in  Adebayo, A. J. Benjamin and B. Lundy (eds.), Indigenous Conflict Management Strategies: Global Perspectives (New York: Lexington Books, 2014)

Carving Space for Indigenous Laws in Administrative Bodies (Co-Authored with Brenda Gaertner and Prepared for the Canadian Bar Association National Aboriginal Law Conference, April 11 and 12, 2013)

“The Cohen Inquiry: Considering the Evidence” prepared with Leah Pence for a conference hosted by the Pacific Business and Law Institute, March 2013

The Family Relations Act Reform Project: Final Report. (March, 2008) Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia.

Youth Included: Youth Recommendations for Children and Youth Participation in British Columbia’s Family Justice System. (May, 2008) Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia.

Law as Woven Object, Law as Weaving Process: An Interdisciplinary Conception of Legal Pluralism in Samoa. Presented at Indigenous Peoples and Governance, Major Collaborative Research Initiative Student Conference, Montreal, Quebec, December, 2007

Building Bridges between Communities and the Law: Including Community Members as ‘Experts’ in Legal Reform Initiatives. Presented at Canadian Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May, 2007.

Book Review of “South Pacific Property Law” by Don Richardson and Tess Cain-Newton. Pacific Affairs 78:1 (June 2005): 180-181.


Adjunct Professor, Indigenous Laws and Governance Course, Indigenous Community Planning, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Winter 2013 to Present

Other Activities

Spending time with her partner Scott, stand-up paddling, travelling and cycling.