Christina Gray

Associate

she/her/hers
  • cgray@jfklaw.ca
  • P 250-813-3182
  • 340 - 1122 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1

Christina’s legal practice focuses on advocacy, litigation, negotiation, and Indigenous governance.

Christina is a Ts’msyen citizen from Lax Kw’alaams in northern British Columbia and Dene from Treaty 8 territory in the Northwest Territories. She works remotely in Prince Rupert and is part of JFK’s Victoria and Vancouver offices. She is passionate about advancing and advocating for Indigenous peoples’ rights, social justice issues, intersectional equality and equity issues, and Indigenous governance and legal traditions.

Christina was first called to the bar in Ontario in 2015 and in British Columbia in 2016. Christina brings a wide range of experience and expertise to her practice. Her graduate research focuses on issues of gender representation within the Ts’msyen legal tradition. Previously, Christina worked in international Indigenous law at a think tank in Ontario. As part of this work, she attended both the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In addition to this, she has also worked as counsel representing clients throughout Ontario in many types of human rights matters at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. And as an articling student in Toronto, Ontario, Christina worked to advocate for Indigenous clients at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and Social Benefits Tribunal, and researching, editing, and preparing materials to assist with test case litigation at the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, and Supreme Court of Canada.

Christina is actively involved in a number of community-based initiatives. She is a current Yellowhead Institute Research Fellow, which is a First Nations-led think tank rooted in community networks and committed to Indigenous self-determination. She also is a board of director with Coast Funds, an organization that supports First Nations in achieving their goals for sustainable economic development and conservation management in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

In her personal time, Christina enjoys being with her family, learning the Sm’algyax language, participating in Ts’msyen cultural activities and learning about and participating in the legal and governance tradition, and being on the land and waters.

Practice Areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Litigation
  • Negotiation
  • Indigenous governance

Education and Professional Affiliations

University of Victoria, Masters of Law Candidate, on-going

University of British Columbia, Juris Doctor, 2013

University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art History), 2008

Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 2016

Member, Law Society of Ontario, 2015

Member, Indigenous Bar Association of Canada

Research Fellow, Yellowhead Institute

Board of Director, Coast Funds

Selected Publications and Presentations

Christina Gray, “Indigenous Law and ADR” (Victoria, BC, delivered at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada, 22, November, 2019)

Christina Gray and Daniel Rück, “Reclaiming Indigenous Place Names” (Yellowhead Institute, 8 October 2019)

Christina Gray, “Being in Good Relations” (Upstage Magazine, 24 January, 2019)

Christina Gray, “Protecting Traditional Knowledge in Canada and Globally” (New York, US, delivered at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues side-event at United Nations Headquarters, April 2018)

Christina Gray, “A place for Indigenous peoples on Canada’s top bench” (Policy

Options, 21 February 2018)

Christina Gray, “Indigenous Laws & Human Rights” (Richmond, BC, delivered at the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s Indigenous Laws Conference, 25 October 2018)

Christina Gray, “Christina Gray: Why I wore regalia to my call to the bar” (Rabble.ca, 25 June 2015)

Highlights

  • Researching and preparing materials to assist with test case litigation at the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court, and Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Representing clients throughout Ontario in many types of human rights matters

Publications

JFK Welcomes Justin Fontaine!

JFK is pleased to introduce Justin Fontaine to our team. Justin Fontaine joins us as our newest associate. Justin

Christina Gray Interviewed by CBC Unreserved about Indigenous Place Names

Fallen Johnson, of CBC Unreserved, recently interviewed one of the newest associates to join