Kris StatnykAssociate

Kris Statnyk

Phone: 604.566.8567
Fax: 604.681.0959
Assistant: Nicole Chipman |

Professional Summary

Professional Summary

Kris Statnyk joined Mandell Pinder as an articling student in 2013 and continued on as an associate in 2014. In his practice Kris provides strategic advice, negotiation support and advocacy over a broad range of areas including land and resource management, development assessment, regulatory process, modern treaty and self-government implementation, law and policy development, fiscal relations and government-to-government engagement.

Kris is Gwich’in and a citizen of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon. Prior to joining Mandell Pinder, Kris obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta and a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. While studying law, Kris worked as a researcher with the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Law Research Unit assisting community-based projects on the revitalization of Indigenous laws. Kris also completed an internship with West Coast Environmental Law working on public interest environmental law issues and spent time working at the Law Centre representing low income clients in areas of criminal defence, family law, civil litigation, employment law and human rights.

Kris is committed to a decolonial vision of justice where Indigenous laws and governance are respected on the land and the waters and the ongoing impacts of Crown laws and policies on the lives of Indigenous peoples are understood and meaningfully addressed by Canadian society.

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: History and Context for Today, Pacific Business & Law Institute UNDRIP 2018 Conference (June 12, 2018).

Indigenous Laws, Ways and Values: Transforming Canada, Land Claims Agreement Coalition National Conference 2017 (November 25, 2017).

Legal and Case Law Update, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Aboriginal Law Conference 2016 (November 25, 2016).

We Deserve Meaningful Existence: On Essential Mobility & Solitary Confinement, Northern Public Affairs (November 10, 2016).

The Changing Landscape: Indigenous Law and Conservation, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network National Conference 2016 (June 7, 2016).

Seeking Indigenous Consent: A ‘Canadian Definition’ of Justice, Northern Public Affairs (May 2, 2016).

Throwing Stones: Indigenous Law as Law in Resource Management, Pacific Business & Law Institute Aboriginal and Environmental Law Conference (January 20, 2016).

The Relationship Between Consultation and Accommodation (Co-Authored with Clete Purcell), Pacific Business & Law Institute Consultation and Accommodation Conference (February 5, 2015).

Opinion: Why Does the Canadian Justice System Treat Aboriginal People As If They’re All the Same?, CBC News North (January 1, 2015).

Navigating the Environmental Review Process: An Aboriginal Title and Rights Perspective (Co-Authored with Brenda Gaertner), Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Aboriginal Law Conference 2014 (November 13, 2014).

IBA/UVic Indigenous Laws Research Project, Canadian Bar Association 2013 National Aboriginal Law Conference (April 12, 2013).

Indigenous Legal Orders Understood Through Story, UVic Law Community Conference (March 15, 2013)

Revitalizing Indigenous Laws: Research Experience and Outcomes, Indigenous Bar Association 2012 Fall Conference (October 17, 2012).

Reasoning and Problem Solving Within Indigenous Legal Orders, UVic Law Indigenous Law in the World: A Symposium (September 8, 2012).














B.A. University of Alberta, 2010

J.D. University of Victoria, 2013

Professional Standing & Affiliations

Member, Law Society of B.C. (2014)

Member, Law Society of Yukon (2016)

Board Member, West Coast Environmental Law (2016)

Board Member, Yellowhead Institute (2018)