Brenda A. Johnston
Ms. Johnston, a member of the Peguis First Nation, practices in the areas of Indigenous law, Business law and Indigenous Child Protection law. She received her call to the Manitoba Bar in 1996.
Throughout Ms. Johnston’s practice, she has provided full comprehensive legal services to Indigenous individuals, First Nation Bands, First Nation political organizations and more recently, to Indigenous Child Protection Agencies in Northern Manitoba.
Ms. Johnston has developed valuable experience and knowledge in establishing various business legal structures for Indigenous clients including Indigenous owned corporations, joint venture arrangements and limited partnerships both on and off reserve lands.
She has a deep understanding of the unique lending issues that arise respecting reserve land and has developed extensive experience in addressing property and security provisions under the Indian Act, including exemptions respecting seizure, garnishment and attachment.
Additionally, Ms. Johnston has valuable experience and knowledge in all aspects of reserve creation, reserve designations, including pre-reserve designations. As part of the reserve creation process, Ms. Johnston has assisted in the negotiation and drafting of the first municipal and development services agreement in Winnipeg between a First Nation and the City of Winnipeg. Ms. Johnston is currently assisting her community with the development of its municipal and development services agreement for a property in the City of Winnipeg.
Ms. Johnston is also often engaged by First Nations to assist them with addressing issues under the First Nations Land Management Act and developing and reviewing First Nation land codes, individual Transfer Agreements and Community Ratification documents.
More recently, Ms. Johnston has represented Indigenous Child Protection Agencies in Northern Manitoba at child protection docket court.
University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Laws, 1992
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1995
Leadership, Membership and Achievements
- Law Society of Manitoba
- Manitoba Bar Association
- Canadian Bar Association
- Commissioner, Manitoba Gaming Control Commission
- Legal Counsel to First Nations in commercial ventures, including new reserve creations and economic development ventures.
- Legal Counsel for a Manitoba First Nation in relation to the negotiation and development of the City of Winnipeg’s first municipal Development Services Agreement for a First Nation urban economic development zone.
- Drafter of custom election codes and Indian Act by-laws.
- Served a three (3) year term (April 2001-July 2004) with the Provincial Department of Family Services & Housing as the Manager of Legislation and Regulations working with the Legislative Counsel Office in amending Child and Family Services legislation and regulations as well as participating in the restructuring of the Child and Family Services System under the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice Inquiry – Child Welfare Initiative.
- Legal Counsel to Manitoba First Nation fishers and trappers in the settlement of outstanding fishing and trapping claims with Manitoba Hydro in relation to the Grand Rapids Hydro-Electric Generating Station.
- Legal Counsel for a Manitoba First Nation in relation to the development and establishment of a First Nation Casino owned by all First Nations in Manitoba on First Nation reserve land.
- Legal Counsel to a Manitoba First Nation in relation to the drafting and establishment of a First Nations Land Code and related land laws under the First Nations Land Management Act.