"The treaties were entered into on a nation-to-nation basis; that is, in entering into the pre- Confederation treaties, the French and British Crowns recognized the Aboriginal nations as self-governing entities with their own systems of law and governance and agreed to respect them as such" - Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Patricia is an associate at Rana Law. With her varied legal and policy background, Patricia advises First Nations in regards to governance and administration issues. She also represents clients on duty to consult and Treaty and Aboriginal rights claims.
Prior to joining Rana Law, Patricia practiced at a national and an international law firm. She has worked with First Nations coast-to-coast, advising on duty to consult obligations, and Treaty and Aboriginal rights claims. She has reviewed and drafted consultation protocols, advanced specific claims, prepared IAP claims, and drafted numerous corporate and commercial documents.
Patricia has extensive experience in employment and labour law. She has drafted and reviewed employment related policies and agreements for clients across Canada. Patricia uses her negotiation skills to amicably settle matters where possible. However, she strongly advocates for her clients before courts and tribunals when settlement is not an option.
At law school, Patricia was the recipient of the inaugural Donald Marshall Junior Memorial Award for demonstrating a commitment and involvement in raising awareness and working for Aboriginal justice. She completed the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources & Governments and interned with the Nisga’a Lisims Government in Gitlaxt’aamiks.
Before law, Patricia worked as a policy analyst conducting strategic planning for a First Nation in the Yukon and for a regional government in Ontario.