I am a lawyer practising on Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. My areas of practice are family law and child protection, including queer and fertility-related family law. I also provide some personal and estate planning documents. I’m an associate lawyer at Breakwater Law and you can reach me at 250-299-8966 or at kendra@breakwaterlaw.ca. I work with both private and Legal Aid clients. I’m a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and of the Canadian Bar Association.

My practice of law is guided as much as possible by my connections with and relationality to my queer and gender-variant communities and families. I am also guided by the teachings I have received from the Anishinaabe and Métis communities who have welcomed me and from many Indigenous thinkers, writers, artists, and musicians. I hope to bring an anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, and anti-ableist ethic to my work, and I am so indebted to the work of disabled Black and Indigenous queer, trans, and gender-variant activists, poets, and scholars who have shared so deeply and widely a worldview not predicated on white colonial capitalism. My legal practice also draws as much as possible on the principle of harm reduction – practicing law in a colonial framework can never truly be anti-colonial, and as we dismantle colonialism and build frameworks rooted in Indigenous law I hope we can also work to prevent harm in all the work that we do.

I received my Juris Doctor degree from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria on unceded W̱SÁNEĆ territory in 2019, and my major paper, “Inheriting Relationships: Reimagining the Practice of Estates and Trusts Through Anishinaabe Stories About Plants,” was completed under the supervision of Professor John Borrows.

I also hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree and a Master of Arts degree, both from the University of Calgary in Mohkínstsis on the territories of the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Îyâxe Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina Nations, territory which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. I completed my articles at Horne Coupar LLP on Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories and during law school I was granted temporary articles in order to represent clients of the Law Centre.