"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 based in Rana Law’s Calgary office. With her varied legal and policy background, a significant part of Patricia’s practice is advising First Nations on governance and administration issues. She also has experience negotiating, settling and implementing Specific Claims. Patricia has assisted First Nation governments with addition to reserve/reserve creation applications and has advocated for a more streamlined and efficient approach to Canada’s Additions to Reserve Policy. She has also worked with clients to develop Land Codes and bylaws to enhance their jurisdiction over reserve lands.
Patricia’s practice also consists of advising First Nation owned companies and societies on all aspects of governance and management, with a specific focus on employment related issues. Prior to joining Rana Law, Patricia worked for a national and international law firm specializing in labour and employment law. She brings this knowledge and experience to her clients and regularly provides legal advice on hiring, managing and terminating the employment relationship.
While studying law at Dalhousie University, 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 also completed Osgoode Hall’s 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.