Erin Barnes



Erin is a lawyer in our Indigenous Law Group, specializing in guiding Indigenous clients through critical aspects of environmental and regulatory matters, consultation and accommodation processes, UNDRIP implementation, and sustainable economic development strategies. In addition to her work with our Indigenous Law Group, Erin practices in our Environmental and Regulatory and the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Groups.


With a wealth of knowledge encompassing Aboriginal, environmental, and administrative law, Erin is committed to empowering Indigenous Nations and governments. Her skills extend to assisting with legislative reform, land-use planning, and governance structuring, ensuring that Indigenous organizations have a strong foundation to increase jurisdiction and reach self-determination. 

Erin’s advocacy extends beyond boardrooms to courtrooms and administrative tribunals. She passionately represents clients in negotiations, navigating complexities involving private parties and various government entities at the federal, provincial, and territorial levels. Erin is steadfast in her commitment to securing the best outcomes for her clients, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights protected. 


Erin is Mi’kmaw and a member of the Acadia First Nation. She grew up in Treaty 7 territory.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys fly fishing on Northern BC, Vancouver Island, and Alberta rivers, as well as playing video games (primarily Zelda).


  • Called to the Bar in BC, 2019
  • Juris Doctor (JD), University of British Columbia, 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, University of Victoria, 2012


  • Carole T. Corcoran Memorial Award in Law from the Peter A. Allard School of Law, 2018
  • Committee Member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Indigenous Bar Association
  • Volunteer mentor with the Urban Native Youth Association

Areas of Practice

Dispute ResolutionEnvironmental + RegulatoryIndigenous LawLitigation