WHO WE ARE

First Peoples Law is a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. We work closely with First Nations to defend their Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights, uphold their Indigenous laws and governance and ensure economic prosperity for their members.

Meet our team

Kate Gunn
Lawyer

I chose to enter the legal profession because I believe that law can be used as a vehicle to achieve positive social change, especially in relation to the long and challenging process of decolonization. Since joining First Peoples Law, I have had the privilege of working with and for Indigenous Peoples across Canada to advance their inherent and treaty rights. My commitment to deepening my understanding of these issues also led me to complete a Master’s of Law at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on the interpretation of Indigenous-Crown treaties. My most recent article on treaty interpretation, Agreeing to Share: Treaty 3, History & the Courts," was published in the UBC Law Review.

I am a founding member of the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, a legal clinic based at Osgoode Hall and Thompson Rivers University which provides advocacy and support to communities affected by transnational corporate activities and resource extraction.

Growing up on a small island off the Pacific west coast, I learned early about the close relationship between the environment and the people who live there. I try to bring my respect for the natural world to my practice and to my life with my family in Vancouver, B.C.

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