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Tejas assists Indigenous peoples in exercising the right to self-determination, including through good governance and intergovernmental relations. She is based in the Vancouver office.
Tejas joined JFK Law in 2021. Prior to working at JFK, Tejas held progressively senior positions at Tsawwassen First Nation, where she developed specialized expertise in self-government and modern treaty implementation. Her knowledge of working within an Indigenous government informs her perspective on how external counsel can add value to community-driven work.
Tejas is experienced in legislative development and drafting. She previously acted as Legislative Counsel for the Government of Nunavut. In this role, she drafted bills, regulations, and other statutory instruments. She continues to engage with legislation and law reform by serving as a Director on the Board of the BC Law Institute.
Tejas draws upon her public service experience for her governance practice and in her approach to advocacy with the Crown. She seeks to work with her clients to effect change through both bureaucratic and political channels. She has extensive experience developing legal, policy, and intergovernmental strategies to achieve practical results.
Tejas obtained her Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University, and completed her articles with the Government of Nova Scotia. She was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 2014, and the Nunavut and British Columbia bars in 2015.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
« Accord définitif de la Première Nation de Tsawwassen », Canada School of Public Service (2020)
“Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations”, Pacific Business and Law Institute (2019)
“Modern Treaty Awareness”, Canada School of Public Service (2019)
“Canada’s Collaborative Self-Government Fiscal Policy”, Joint Gathering (2018)
Acted as a staff liaison for the Tsawwassen First Nation expert panel on tax transition, in preparation for the expiry of property and income tax exemptions under the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement
Represented Tsawwassen First Nation in its 2019 Fiscal Financing Agreement renewal, in both trilateral negotiations and at the Collaborative Fiscal Policy Development Process between Self-Governing Indigenous Governments and Canada
Served on the technical team for the Alliance of BC Modern Treaty Nations, advocating for improved government-to-government and fiscal relationships with BC
Worked on whole-of-government approaches to treaty implementation as Tsawwassen First Nation’s appointed representative to its Final Agreement Implementation Committee
Coached student participants in the 2016 Nunavut Youth Parliament
On November 1, 2023 the Quebec Superior Court released its R v Montour decision (2023 QCSC 4145) in which
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