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.
- Assisted senior counsel in two Supreme Court of Canada cases: R v. Bedford and Daniels v. Canada
- Participated as Junior Counsel in Gillespie v. Pompeo
- Experience with Employment Law, and Estates on Reserve
- Corporate development for First Nation’s and Métis organizations
- Advise on charitable status
- 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
For a list of Nicole’s published articles and speaking engagements, please click here.