Christopher Evans

Associate

  • cevans@jfklaw.ca
  • P 604-687-0549 EXT 113
  • C 604-364-1734
  • 340 - 1122 Mainland Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1

Chris practices Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law.

He has experience in civil litigation and judicial reviews relating to:

  • Establishing Aboriginal and treaty rights and protecting them from infringement
  • The duty to consult and accommodate
  • Regulatory processes for resource development projects, including environmental assessments, National Energy Board reviews and Alberta Energy Regulator proceedings
  • First Nations governance issues including land codes, membership rules and custom election codes
  • Property matters on- and off-reserve

Chris is particularly interested in helping his clients use Indigenous laws to resolve disputes and govern their affairs.

Education and Professional Affiliations

  • Volunteer, Access Pro Bono Civil Chambers Program
  • Legislative Liaison, CBA Environmental Law Section
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2014
  • University of Toronto, JD, 2013
  • University of McMaster, BASc (Hon), 2009

Publications

  • “Adjudicating Contested Values: Freedom of Religion and the Oakes Test” (2013) 10 J.L. & Equal. 5

Highlights

  • Acted for Gitxaała Nation in its successful challenge to Canada’s authorization of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, one of the largest proceedings the Federal Court of Appeal has ever heard (Gitxaala Nation v Canada, 2016 FCA 187)
  • Act for Beaver Lake First Nation in its claim that the cumulative effect of resource development in its territory infringes its treaty rights (Lameman v Alberta)
  • Act for Mikisew Cree First Nation in its challenge to the 2012 “Omnibus Bill” amendments to federal environmental legislation on the basis of Canada’s failure to consult and accommodate (Canada (Governor General in Council) v Courtoreille)
  • Acted for an individual challenging the BC Ministry of Advanced Education’s approval of the Trinity Western University law school and obtained public interest costs (Loke v British Columbia (Minister of Advanced Education), 2015 BCSC 413, 2016 BCSC 259)
  • Act for Gull Bay First Nation in its claim to obtain the reserve it was promised in the 1850 Robinson-Superior Treaty (Gull Bay First Nation v The Attorney General of Canada and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario)