Krista Robertson Associate


Phone: 604-566-8564
Fax: 604-681-0959
Email: krista@mandellpinder.com
Assistant: Marcia Zacharias | marcia@mandellpinder.com

Professional Summary

Professional Summary

Krista has worked with Indigenous communities since 2002 as an advocate for Indigenous law and legal rights. She has a diverse, national practice and is a member of the law societies of British Columbia, Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She has been an officer of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association since 2010 and was National Chair in 2017-2018, working at a national level on law reform and advocacy initiatives in the area of Aboriginal law. From 2012 to 2017, she was the Aboriginal Law representative on the Federal Court Aboriginal Law Bar Liaison Committee and was involved in a number of projects aimed at improving access to justice for Indigenous litigants.

Krista’s litigation experience encompasses criminal defense, administrative and environmental law. Krista spends much of her time in the communities she works with and has experience with diverse legal contexts including historic treaties, modern land claim agreements, aboriginal rights litigation, and a broad range of Indigenous legal systems. Her focus is always on tangible results that advance Indigenous governance and community well-being. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and continuing legal education seminars on issues related to Aboriginal law and legal practice.

Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

“Indigenous Rights and the Ring of Fire”, Pacific Law and Business Institute, April 2018

“First Nation Accommodation Agreements and Environmental Protection”, Canadian Bar Association Bar Talk Magazine, August 2016

“Aboriginal Law in Federal Court: First Nations Governance Disputes”, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Practice, British Columbia Continuing Legal Education, Vancouver,  June, 2016

“Cultural Competency Among Legal Institutions”, Indigenous Bar Association 28th Annual Fall Conference, Richmond, October, 2016

“Drafting IBAs: First Nations Perspective” Impact Benefit Agreements: Negotiation and Implementation, Pacific Law and Business Institute, Vancouver, March 2015

“Case Law Update” Consultation and Accommodation 2015, Pacific Law and Business Institute, Vancouver, February, 2015

“First Nations LNG 101”, Course Instructor, University of Northern British Columbia, Spring 2014

“Aboriginal Title and Provincial Regulation: The Impact of Tsilhqot’in Nation v BC”, Centre for Global Studies, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and University of Victoria Faculty of Law, September, 2014

“Negotiating and Drafting Key Agreements in Aboriginal Resource Development”, Workshop Presenter and Conference Co-Chair, North of 60: Aboriginal Land and Resource Development, Yellowknife, May, 2014

“Indigenous Alternative Dispute Resolution”, Panel Chair, Working with and within Indigenous Legal Traditions, Canadian Bar Association National Aboriginal Law Conference, Victoria, April, 2013

“Class Actions, Aboriginal Rights and Environmental Questions”, Renewing Environmental Law Conference, Vancouver, February 2011

“The Transition from Provincial to Federal Regulation of Salmon Aquaculture in British Columbia”, Pacific Law and Business Institute Aboriginal Rights and Environmental Law Conference, Vancouver, December 2010

“Overlapping Territorial Claims: Models for Dispute Resolution and Business Structures”, Indigenous Models for Dispute Resolution Panel Moderator, Conference Chair, Canadian Bar Association National Aboriginal Law Conference, Victoria, June 2009

“Benefit Sharing Agreements in British Columbia: A Guide for First Nations, Businesses, and Governments”, co-authored with Murray Browne, published March 2009

“The Legal Duty of Consultation”, Dene Cultural Institute – Traditional Knowledge, Environmental Assessments and Regulatory Processes, Hay River, NWT, March 2007

“The Legal Framework for Eulachon Conservation”, Oweekeno Nuxalk Kitasoo Tribal Council Eulachon Gathering and Conference, Bella Coola, June 2007


Education

LLB, University of Victoria, 2003

B.A. (Honors) with Distinction, University of Victoria, 1998

Professional Standing & Affiliations

Member of the Law Society of British Columbia

Member of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories

Member of the Law Society of the Yukon

Member of the Law Society of Ontario

Officer of the Canadian Bar Association National Aboriginal Law Section