Erica’s practice focuses on specific claims, addressing long standing disputes regarding reserve creation and allocation. She brings broad experience in legal aid and environmental law to her work with Indigenous communities.
Erica has worked on Charter challenges, judicial reviews, submissions to environmental regulatory bodies, and law reform proposals in Ontario and British Columbia. She enjoys working closely with communities to identify options and achieve their goals, including upholding Indigenous laws, pursuing the recognition and respect of Aboriginal rights and title, and self-governance.
Erica was called to the bar in Ontario in 2015 (non-practicing), and British Columbia in 2017, and joined Mandell Pinder LLP in 2019.
J.D., Osgoode Hall, York University (2014)
M.A., Environmental Studies, York University (2014)
B.A., University of British Columbia (2009)
Draft and submitted historical claims for First Nations governments in accordance with the Government of Canada’s specific claims policy.
Acted for First Nations governments in proceedings before the Specific Claims Tribunal.
Advised First Nations governments regarding the negotiation of historical claims with the Government of Canada.
Worked on the legal team representing the appellant Lac Seul First Nation in Southwind v. Canada, 2021 SCC 28.
Member, Law Society of B.C.
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Rivershed Society of BC
Passionate about public legal education and enjoys teaching.