Krista Nerland is an associate at OKT. She assists with litigation on Aboriginal and treaty rights, the duty to consult and accommodate, and administrative law.
Krista holds a J.D. with honours from the University of Toronto, where she received awards for academic excellence and highest standing in constitutional law, evidence, labour and employment, and business organizations. Prior to joining OKT, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.
While in law school, Krista worked with the Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association on human rights abuses in the context of policing and corrections, particularly focusing on the effect of corrections policy on indigenous women. Krista also volunteered with the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, assisting survivors of domestic violence, and with Pro-Bono Students Canada, providing services to unrepresented litigants in the Ontario Court of Justice. She served as the Co-Chair of the Feminist Law Students Association and the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Law and Equality.
Krista holds a Masters of Arts (Political Science) from McGill University. Before attending law school, she spent several years doing policy work with non-governmental organizations in the areas of indigenous rights, transitional justice, and security system reform. She also provided policy advice to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on gender, lands and economic development.
Krista is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Union of Ontario and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.