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Kris Statnyk

Board Member

Kris is Gwich’in, of the Wolf Clan, from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Yukon. Kris enjoys a full Aboriginal law practice at Mandell Pinder after being called to the BC Bar in 2014.

Kris assists First Nations in advancing their Aboriginal title, rights and interest whether in the courts, through consultations and negotiations, or on the ground. His practice has evolved to include a wide range of subject matters such as fisheries management, marine use planning, protection of sacred sites, navigating regulatory processes, and governance building. Throughout his work Kris has developed a specialized practice to assist clients with developing, articulating, implementing and enforcing their own Indigenous legal traditions. As a guiding tenet of his practice Kris advocates for the respectful engagement with Indigenous law as law by governments, industry and Canadians.

On board since: September 2016


  • West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation