Kate Kempton

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Kate Kempton

Assistant: Lisa Spaven

As Senior Counsel at Woodward and Company, Kate is specialized in Indigenous rights, decolonization litigation and large-scale negotiations, and governance and self-determination. Her driving motivator is to decolonize the legal systems in Canada that have caused harm to human–and other-than–human–environments.

Kate holds a BBA from the University of New Brunswick, a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Western Ontario, and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Kate began her practice of Indigenous Rights Law in 2001 and has worked on an enormous array of matters pertaining to Indigenous Peoples. Until the end of ‘22, Kate was a senior partner at a national Indigenous rights law firm based out of Toronto, where she was listed as Most Frequently Recommended in Lexpert. A member of the B.C., Ontario, and Manitoba Bars, she has won a number of significant cases and has been involved in major breakthroughs in Crown-Business-Indigenous Nations relations and developments.

Having found success at the helm of many important legal battles across Canada, Kate has been recognized in Lexpert’s Most Frequently Recommended, Best Lawyers in America®, and has won multiple important cases on injunctions against development, treaty rights defences, and judicial reviews on the duty to consult and accommodate.

Membership & Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of BC (2022)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario (2001)
  • Member, Law Society of Manitoba (2015)

Practice Areas

  • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
  • Aboriginal Title
  • Additions to Reserve
  • Consultation and Accommodation
  • Election code
  • First Nation Constitutions, Laws & Policy
  • Governance support
  • Impact Benefit Agreements
  • Indigenous Legal Orders and Law
  • Land Interests
  • Land Use Planning
  • Membership Code
  • Natural Resources
  • Regulatory Processes and Hearings
  • RIRSD & G2G Agreements
  • Specific Claims
  • Strategic Reconciliation Planning
  • Treaty Negotiation and Implementation

Selected Cases, Presentations & Publications

Kate is a novelist and playwright. Additionally, she was a journalist for national TV news.