Aaron is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. Within a year of being called to the bar, Aaron had the opportunity to serve his community as General Council for the Musqueam Indian Band from 2015-2019.
He brings his unique experience and perspective to legal practice with deep respect and appreciation of Indigenous legal orders. Drawing inspiration from historic court cases and the achievements of his fellow band members, Aaron views the law as one means of ensuring that Indigenous communities’ laws, rights, title, and traditional governance are respected and upheld.
After earning his Juris Doctor in 2013 and completing his judicial clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada with the Honourable Mr Justice Mandamin, Aaron joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an articled student and in 2015 became an associate.
J.D., University of British Columbia (2013)
B.A., Religion literature and the arts, University of British Columbia (2007)
Unique experience focused on supporting the Musqueam administration and community on a wide spectrum of issues related to Aboriginal rights, title, governance, and reserve lands issues.
Provides strategic advice to Musqueam Chief and Council.
Supports Musqueam negotiators at a number of tables with The Crown, governments and agencies.
Heavily involved in Section 35 rights and title litigation on behalf of Musqueam in the Cowichan Tribes et al litigation.
Member, Law Society of B.C
Member, Canadian Bar Association
“Cowichan Tribes et al: The Admissibility of Oral History Evidence”, prepared with Cheryl Sharvit for the 2022 Aboriginal Law Conference hosted by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, November 25, 2022.
Panelist, Indigenous Awareness Retreat, 2019-2022 (Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate Program, Allard School of Law).
tə qeqən ʔə ƛ̓ qiyəplenəxʷ: Politics, Territory, and the History of the Capilano House Post (Co-presented with Douglas Harris), Law & Society Association of Australia & New Zealand: Law on the Edge Conference (UBC Faculty of Law, Vancouver, July 2, 2013).
Panelist, Musqueam Excellence in Education Lecture, Year of Indigenous Education Event (UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver, October 11, 2012).
Board Chair, YVR Art Foundation
Board Member, First United Church Community Ministry Society