Chris Albinati is matrilineally Isinay (Bambangueño) and Tagalog (Pampangangueño) and patrilineally Irish and French-Canadian. He advocates exclusively for Indigenous clients and practices solely in Aboriginal law, primarily in Aboriginal Title and Treaty rights litigation. His practice and study of the law are indebted to the support he receives from his partner Carolyn and their three beautiful children, Theo, Umamos and Felix.
Chris has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada (Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 2018 SCC 4) and most recently before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Restoule v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 7701). He has also assisted with numerous cases heard before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
Chris received his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University in 2014 graduating in the top 7% of his class. He articled under Rod Holloway, QC with the Appeals Department of the Legal Services Society of BC. In 2015, he was called to the Bars of British Columbia and Ontario and joined Nahwegahbow Corbiere as an Associate. In 2017, Chris successfully defended his LLM thesis titled, Indigenous Blockades and the Power to Speak the Law: From Settler Colonialism to Indigenous Resurgence at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, Ontario. Chris is presently working on a PhD dissertation at Osgoode which involves novel research into the assertion and performance of Indigenous laws and jurisdiction.
We provide services in the field of Aboriginal Law. In this regard, we act strictly for First Nations, First Nation Organizations and their members.