Virginia particularly enjoys working with clients in their home communities and her practice includes advocacy, negotiations, and strategic advice with respect to Indigenous governance, inherent, Aboriginal, and Treaty rights, natural resource stewardship and management, and relationships between Indigenous and Crown governments. Passionate about advancing the economic and cultural wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and communities through the affirmation of their rights and title, Virginia’s negotiations practice includes reconciliation agreements and modern treaty agreements, as well as accommodation and consent-based agreements with Crown governments and industry. Her litigation practice includes appeals and judicial reviews of regulatory permits and authorizations as well as general civil litigation matters.
Virginia regularly provides support to Indigenous governments in regulatory reviews of projects, where her approach includes developing strategies for implementing free, prior, and informed consent, integrating Indigenous law, knowledge, and values into impact assessments, working with experts to conduct technical reviews of projects, and negotiating with Crown governments and industry representatives on matters relating to shared and consent-based decision-making, consultation, and accommodation.
Virginia was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2011 and in Alberta in 2018.
Judicial Law Clerk, B.C. Supreme Court, 2009-2010
LL.B., University of Victoria, 2009
B.A. (Hon.), University of British Columbia, 2004
Virginia has been counsel to Indigenous governments in numerous regulatory proceedings and related litigation, including for the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. She regularly represents clients in relation to applications for oil and gas projects, forestry, mining, infrastructure projects, and marine shipping projects.
She also represents Indigenous groups in reconciliation and Treaty negotiations with the Crown, and assists with the implementation of those agreements.
Member, Law Society of B.C.
Member, Law Society of Alberta
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Coach for the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot