Kate works in all areas of Aboriginal Law, most recently on litigation involving the Aboriginal rights of Métis in the NWT to be consulted about harvesting caribou. Kate has up-to-the-moment experience guiding clients through the consultation process and strategic litigation to protect their Aboriginal rights. She also has experience with commercial and regulatory negotiation and civil litigation.
Prior to her association with Devlin Gailus Watson, Kate articled with Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, BC, specializing in litigation, and then set up her own business contracting her legal skills to other law firms. One judge described her as having a wonderful way with people, and as being very polite, exceedingly well organized and diplomatic.
Before working as a lawyer, Kate was a journalist for the CBC and CTV in Canada, and the BBC in the UK. She’s travelled all over BC and Alberta meeting people and listening to their stories. Her journalism skills help her give intelligent, efficient and effective legal counsel.
Kate has a Law Degree from the University of Victoria where she won, among other awards, a President’s Scholarship for ranking in the top 3 percent of students, and was called to the BC bar in 2009. She also holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Bachelors of Science (Honours).
- Represented First Nations, Métis and Indigenous groups in Aboriginal and Treaty rights litigation, consultation, governance and employment matters
- Appeared before superior courts in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, the Human Rights Tribunal and Small Claims Court
- Researched and negotiated impact benefit agreements between Indigenous clients and industrial representatives
- Negotiated settlements in small and large scale civilian matters, as well as in criminal matters
- Mediation services
- Corporate work for First Nations and First Nation owned entities
- Provided strategic advice to Indigenous clients on leveraging Aboriginal and Treaty rights to preserve their lands and practices, and to benefit from the development of those lands for future generations
Professional and Community Activities
- Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
For a list of Kate’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.