Caitlin joined DGW Law as an articled student in the fall 2011, after completing her law degree at the University of Alberta. On completion of her articles, Caitlin was invited to join the firm as an associate.
Throughout law school, Caitlin studied a variety of topics including indigenous legal theory, aboriginal, environmental, criminal, and family law. Caitlin also participated in an exchange at the University of Otago in New Zealand, where she gained an international perspective on indigenous issues.
As the former Legal Education and Reform Coordinator for Student Legal Services of Edmonton, Caitlin acquired valuable experience providing legal information and representation to low-income individuals. Through this role she also became involved in legal reform for sex workers, advocating for their interests in community service forums, newspapers, and radio. In 2009, Caitlin was awarded the Margaret-Ellen Bonar Scholarship for her academic achievement and involvement in women’s issues.
Aside from her passion for social justice, Caitlin is an avid camper and traveller. She has backpacked her way through Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Central America, South East Asia, and the Middle East.
- Participation as Junior Counsel in the representation of First Nations clients in rights, title and Treaty matters
- Participation as Junior Counsel in the representation claims before Specific Claims Tribunal
- Mediation services
- Negotiation of consultation and accommodation protocols and agreements on behalf of First Nations clients with government and industry in the forestry, oil and gas, and mining sectors
- Negotiation of specific claims on behalf of First Nations with Canada
- Advisory services on matters relating to Aboriginal businesses and development of reserve lands
- Corporate work for First Nations and First Nation owned entities
- Applications for charitable status for First Nations societies
- General advice and legal research for First Nations clients and organizations
- Governance and Band Council matters
- Employment advice
- Trust drafting for First Nations for land and cash settlements
Professional and Community Activities
- Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association (Aboriginal, Environmental, and Young Lawyers sections)
- Legislative Liaison of the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law – Vancouver Island section
For a list of Caitlin’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.