Director of the BC First Nations Justice Council
BCFNJC Lead on First Nations Courts
Appointed by the BC Assembly of First Nations
Rosalie C.N. Yazzie, Barrister & Solicitor – Nesika Law
Rosalie Yazzie is registered at the Okanagan Indian Band, a member community of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. She also has familial ties to the Secwepemc Nation.
Ms. Yazzie is a sole practitioner with a law practice located in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. She practices primarily in the area of aboriginal law with a focus on title and rights and Nation rebuilding. She has worked extensively assisting First Nations clients in their matters relating to governance and institutional development, policy development, strategic engagement, communications and program development. She has also worked with the Law Society of B.C. as a program developer for its indigenous mentoring initiative. She currently serves as general counsel to the Chiefs Executive Council of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.
Prior to her call to the bar, Ms. Yazzie’s professional experience included working with BC First Nations in social development issues – child welfare, health and education. In her role as a policy advisor, she assisted First Nations leadership at the regional, provincial and national levels to advocate on behalf of First Nations communities and the issues affecting them.
She earned her Juris Doctor in 2009 from the University of British Columbia and she was called to the bar in 2010. In addition to her legal education, Ms. Yazzie has recently completed a Master of Business Administration – Indigenous Business and Leadership at Simon Fraser University. She has also been recently appointed by the BC Assembly of First Nations to the First Nations Justice Council and to the Law Society of B.C.’s Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee