“Unilateral action is the very antithesis of honour and reconciliation, concepts which underlie both the duty to consult and the very premise of modern Aboriginal law.” - Supreme Court of Canada in Mikisew Cree First Nation v Canada
Kassie is based in Rana Law’s Vancouver office. She practices aboriginal and corporate law, with a focus on Specific Claims negotiations, settlements and agreement implementations and economic development. Her practice includes advocacy, negotiations and providing strategic advice to First Nations with respect to aboriginal and treaty rights as well as land and resource management issues. Her corporate law practice includes all aspects of incorporating and registering new entities as well as winding up and dissolving inactive entities. She also manages corporate files on an ongoing basis for her clients, including corporate compliance for corporations and societies in British Columbia, and advises on the structuring of corporate entities to address liability risks.
Prior to joining Rana Law, Kassie articled and practiced at a boutique litigation firm, where she worked primarily on the immediate legal response to and management of impacts on a coastal First Nation community caused by an oil spill, including assisting with the Nation’s investigation of the incident and advising on legal options.
Kassie is passionate about advocating for and advancing Indigenous peoples’ rights, title, culture, language and way of life.
In 2015, Kassie obtained her J.D. from the University of Ottawa, where she was actively involved in the social justice community and studied overseas. She was born and raised in Kitimat, BC, and is thrilled to be practicing law on the West Coast.