Nicole Bresser

  • Nicole Bresser
    Nicole Bresser
    Tel: 250.508.6454
    Fax: 250.361.9429

  • Nicole was called to the bar in 2014, and has both a civil litigation and solicitors practice. She has gained exposure to a variety of legal matters including Aboriginal law, human rights, civil liberties, personal injury, tax, corporate/commercial, employment, estates and family law. Nicole joined DGW Law in the summer of 2014.

    Nicole attended the University of Victoria and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2013. During her legal education, Ms. Bresser worked with the Native Women’s Association of Canada in preparation for their position as interveners in the Supreme Court of Canada case R v. Bedford and attended the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, which took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Before her legal education, Nicole received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Northern British Columbia. This was followed by a professional career supporting Aboriginal children, youth and their families who were involved with the Ministry of Children and Families. Ms. Bresser also developed and delivered community capacity and leadership programs throughout Vancouver Island.

    Nicole has a special concern for ending violence against Indigenous women and girls and has been involved in projects regarding Missing and Murder Indigenous Women & Girls, sex-work, human trafficking and homelessness.

    The University of Victoria, Faculty of Law awarded Ms. Bresser numerous awards and accolades for outstanding academic achievement and leadership throughout her education and Ms. Bresser was selected to represent Canada as a National Aboriginal Role Model in 2012.

    Representative Experience:


    • Fontaine v. Canada, 2017 SCC
      Counsel for Intervener, The Coalition to Preserve Truth
    • Gitwangak Indian Band v. Davis, 2017 BCSC 744
      Counsel for Plaintiff, Gitwangak Indian Band
    • Assisted senior counsel in two Supreme Court of Canada cases: R v. Bedford and Daniels v. Canada
    • Second Chair, Gillespie v. Pompeo 2014
    • Experience with Employment Law and Estates on Reserve

    Economic Development

    • Corporate development for First Nation’s and Métis organizations
    • Advise on charitable status

    Strategic Planning

    • Participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women pre-inquiry
    • Participated in the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, UN Headquarters
    • Developed community driven mental health services for delivery on the South of Vancouver Island First Nation and Métis communities

    Professional and Community Activities

    • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
    • Member of the Indigenous Bar Association
    • Executive Member, Board of Directors, Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services
    • Executive Member, Aboriginal Legal Forum, Canadian Bar Association
    • Executive Member, Aboriginal Law Section – Victoria, Canadian Bar Association
    • Alumni of Governor General’s Leadership Conference, 2017

    For a list of Nicole’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.

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