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Stephanie Kearns is an associate at OKT. She advises Aboriginal groups in negotiations with governments and proponents and in actions before regulatory bodies and courts across Canada. Before joining OKT, Stephanie was an associate at a large Aboriginal law firm in Vancouver. She has litigated in a variety of areas, including environmental assessments, fishing rights claims, judicial review applications related to the duty to consult and accommodate, and defending band councils in challenges to their actions. Stephanie has worked on cases before superior and appellate courts in Ontario, Newfoundland, Manitoba and British Columbia; the Federal Court; the Supreme Court of Canada; and various regulatory bodies across Canada. Stephanie clerked at the British Columbia Supreme Court prior to being called to the bar.
Stephanie received her LL.B. from the University of British Columbia. While at law school, Stephanie participated in the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Rights Moot and the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, where she was placed with an Environmental NGO to research Aboriginal rights to habitat protection. Prior to attending law school, Stephanie lived in Inuvik, NWT and she spent a summer in Baker Lake, Repulse Bay and Arviat, NU, where she did education-related volunteer work.
Stephanie is a member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars.
- "TRC@1: Ontario takes good first step toward better treaty relationships, but more required", OKT Blog, June 1, 2016
- "Kapyong Barracks: hope for an urban reserve", OKT Blog, August 28, 2015
- "Massive Cuts to Aboriginal Organizations Means Loss of Successful Programs and Services", OKT Blog, April 1, 2014
- Presentation, “Funding the Duty to Consult”, December 9, 2013, The Commons Institute’s Mawi’omi, Investing in Aboriginal Canada Conference.
- “Fisheries Act Amendments will Shrink Already Sparse Fish Habitat Protections”, OKT Blog, May 10, 2012.