Krista Robertson

Senior Counsel

  • krobertson@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-405-1850
  • C 250-893-8710
  • 816 - 1175 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2E1

Krista Robertson advises Aboriginal governments on a broad range of Aboriginal rights and governance matters.

 

A core area of Krista’s practice is negotiating and drafting consultation and accommodation agreements between Aboriginal groups, governments and industry.  She also represents Aboriginal groups in regulatory review processes ranging from environmental assessments to judicial reviews of regulatory permits. Krista is experienced in designing and managing research projects to support the advancement of Aboriginal rights in negotiations, specific claims, and litigation processes.  Her experience encompasses diverse resource sectors including forestry, fisheries, mining, oil and gas, tourism and parks.

Krista assists her clients in a range of Aboriginal governance matters including reserve land management, the development of custom election codes and other constitutional documents, band policies and procedures and economic development.  Krista’s background includes criminal defense and environmental law, which she draws on to assist her Aboriginal clients in regulatory hearings.  Krista is passionate about justice for Aboriginal people.  She takes a practical, solutions based approach to her work that is respectful of Aboriginal legal traditions and culture.  Her practice includes clients in British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and Ontario.

When not at work, Krista enjoys outdoor sports of all kinds, travelling, and spending time with her two grown children.

Practice Focus

  • Consultation and accommodation/regulatory reviews
  • Impact and benefit agreements
  • Band governance matters
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Specific claims research and negotiation

Education

  • University of Victoria, LLB, 2003
  • University of Victoria, BA, Honours with Distinction, 1998

Highlights

  • Acted as counsel for White River First Nation in a successful judicial review challenging a mining exploration permit impacting a sensitive traditional use area in the Yukon.
  • Prepared specific claims for several B.C. First Nations and achieved favorable settlement agreements with Canada for compensation for historic grievances.
  • Represented the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Tribal Counsel in the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River and in other matters related to the regulation of aquaculture in their traditional territories.
  • Acted for First Nations in B.C., Ontario, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories in concluding Participation Agreements securing project benefit sharing and environmental and cultural protection measures.
  • Developed and presented numerous workshops, guidebooks and other resources on the negotiation of First Nation Participation Agreements for a diverse range of audiences.