Virginia (Ginnie) Mathers is passionate about using the law to promote the rights and wellbeing of Indigenous people and communities.
Virginia’s practice includes advocacy, negotiations, and strategic advice with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights, natural resource management, and Crown consultation and accommodation. She has been counsel to First Nations in regulatory reviews conducted by the National Energy Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, and the Alberta Energy Regulator. Her approach in regulatory reviews includes developing strategies for integrating Indigenous knowledge and values into environmental assessments, working with experts to conduct technical reviews of projects, and negotiating with government and industry representatives on matters relating to consultation and accommodation. Her regulatory practice covers a wide range of industries including oil and gas, mining, marine terminals and shipping, forestry, and hydroelectric projects.
Virginia’s litigation practice includes appeals and judicial reviews of regulatory permits and authorizations as well as general civil litigation matters. She has also been involved in negotiating and drafting consultation and accommodation agreements with governments and industry.
Virginia develops strong relationships with those she works with and particularly enjoys working with clients in their home communities. During law school Virginia spent eight months working in communities in Nunavut. Her time in the north gave her a strong appreciation for Indigenous legal traditions and cultures, as well as the crucial role to be played by Indigenous peoples in natural resource and land management.
Judicial Law Clerk, B.C. Supreme Court, 2009-2010
LL.B., University of Victoria, 2009
B.A. (Hon.), University of British Columbia, 2004
Professional Standing & Affiliations
Member, Law Society of B.C.
Member, Law Society of Alberta
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Pivot Legal Society
Member, Georgia Strait Alliance
Publications & Presentations
Guest speaker at the BC Natural Gas Symposium, 2014