Nicole Iaci joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an Associate in 2021 after practicing in a boutique Aboriginal law firm in Vancouver with a focus on negotiating reconciliation and self-determination agreements, supporting joint decision making and consultation and accommodation processes, and advancing specific claims.
Nicole also works on developing and implementing self-governance structures, drafting contracts and service agreements for Indigenous-owned corporations, and working directly with Indigenous governments to develop constitutions, election codes, membership codes and not-for-profit societies. Nicole enjoys working closely with Indigenous governments to meet their unique vision and goals. Nicole has a particular interest in advancing Aboriginal title and rights through navigating the political and legal landscape in the era of reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous rights.
Nicole’s select work experience includes:
· negotiating Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination Agreements and Reconciliation Agreements between Indigenous governments and federal and provincial governments;
· developing co-management and shared decision-making frameworks between Indigenous governments, industry and the province;
· advising Indigenous-owned corporations and businesses on contract negotiations, revenue sharing agreements, joint ventures and litigation;
· negotiating and drafting financial settlement agreements for specific claims;
· acting as counsel for Indigenous governments before the Specific Claims Tribunal;
· advising Indigenous governments with respect to the acquisition of Crown lands;
· advising Indigenous governments and band members regarding bylaws, property disputes, and sale of CP Lots; and
· developing and structuring not-for-profit societies.
Nicole is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, based in Fort Langley, British Columbia. Before beginning her legal career, Nicole worked as a Lands Officer for Kwantlen First Nation as well as for their business companies. Nicole also has experience working for non-profit organizations including West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver, BC and the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, D.C. Aside from her legal practice, Nicole enjoys travel, the outdoors and is an avid sports fan.
· University of British Columbia, JD, 2016
· University of Victoria, BA, 2013
Professional Standing & Affiliations
· Law Society of British Columbia (2017)
· Indigenous Bar Association
· Canadian Bar Association