Christina grew up in Victoria, in WSÁNEĆ territory and then went on to study law at the University of Ottawa in Algonquin Territory. She is passionate about working with Indigenous clients to achieve their goals through recognition of their inherent rights, securing community benefits, and building strong Indigenous led governance.
Before working at Mandell Pinder LLP, Christina worked as a union representative and lead negotiator for support employees at McGill University, as a human rights advocate and community outreach coordinator for the Vancouver Island Human Rights Coalition, and as an international law researcher for the Refugee Hub in Ottawa. Christina is developing her legal practice in Aboriginal title and rights litigation, specific claims, environment regulatory processes, adding lands to reserve, corporate and not-for-profit society structuring, and governance.
Christina Clemente joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an articling student in 2019 and became an associate with the firm in 2020
JD, University of Ottawa 2019
BA, McGill University 2015
Assisting in litigation at the Federal Court, Supreme Court of British Columbia, and Supreme Court of Canada. And supporting treaty and resource negotiations, Specific Claims negotiations and community engagement projects.
Assisting First Nation Organizations to incorporate as societies, create bylaws, and set up their corporate governance structure.
Canadian Bar Association
Member, Law Society of B.C. (2020)
“More Than Just A Trapline: A Torts Law Approach to Protecting Indigenous Trappers’ Environmental Rights” (2021), Lakehead Law Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 7.
Christina worked as a community outreach coordinator at the University of Ottawa Legal Aid Clinic, giving legal education presentations to the community on various topics including: tenancy rights, human rights, and access to justice. Christina also volunteers with the organization Poverty Kills 2020 and has supported their “Solidarity in Covid Times Lkwungen Territory” programming.