Nicole is a member of Kwantlen First Nation, based in Fort Langley, British Columbia. Mindful of the importance of relationship building, both within the community and externally, Nicole works alongside Indigenous governments on negotiating reconciliation and self-determination agreements, supporting joint decision making and consultation and accommodation processes, and advancing specific claims.
Before beginning her legal career, Nicole worked as a Lands Officer for Kwantlen First Nation as well as for their business companies. She 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.
Nicole was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2017
University of British Columbia, JD, 2016 (Aboriginal Law and Environmental and Natural Resource Law)
Intensive Program in Indigenous Lands, Resources and Governments, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2016
University of Victoria, BA, 2013 (History and Political Science)
Negotiating and drafting financial settlement agreements for specific claims;
Acting as counsel for Indigenous governments before the Specific Claims Tribunal;
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;
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.
Canadian Bar Association
Indigenous Bar Association
“Working with Kwantlen First Nation in the Era of Recognition and Reconciliation” presentation for Cross Cultural Training session for industry proponent, Kwantlen First Nation, BC (October 2019)