Renée Pelletier is the managing partner at OKT. Renée is Maliseet and grew up in Fall River, Nova Scotia. Her practice includes work on Aboriginal and treaty rights litigation and specific claims. She has litigated judicial review applications and appeared before various levels of courts on motions, trials and appeals. Renée was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in the high-profile case R. v. Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13. Renée regularly advises and represents her Indigenous clients on consultation matters, regulatory and environmental matters, reserve land management and impacts and benefits agreements. Renée is especially passionate about assisting her Indigenous clients in achieving greater self-determination. She also strives to incorporate the legal traditions of her Indigenous clients into the work she does on their behalf.
Renée has worked at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto, volunteered for the Native Women’s Resource Centre, and worked with the Innocence Project about the case of Native American Activist Leonard Peltier. Renée was also a Native Court Worker at College Park Criminal Court.
Renée is a member of the New Brunswick and Ontario Bars. She is French Acadian, her first language is French, and she is fluently bilingual in both French and English. Renée is also a member of the Indigenous Bar Association. Renee is also at times asked to be a guest lecturer in Aboriginal and Environmental Law.
Renée is listed as a “repeatedly recommended” lawyer in the Lexpert Directory.
- Renée Pelletier, “You Will Never Forget”, Book Review of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by A. Smith (2006), 6:1 Making Waves at 28.
- Renée Pelletier, “Mandatory Minimum Sentences: Law and Policy / The Nullification of Section 718.2(e): Aggravating Aboriginal Over-representation in Canadian Prisons” (2001) 39 Osgoode Hall LJ 469.
- Renée Pelletier, “Chère grand-mère” in Les Acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse: des modèles pour le nouveau millénaire (Nouvelle-Écosse: Patrimoine canadien: 2000) 55.