Colleen Spier, KC
Colleen Spier, KC, Bio:
Colleen Spier is a Métis-Cree lawyer, called to the Bar in 2008.
Colleen has pursued a legal career that aligns with her interests advocating for Indigenous Peoples and has represented Indigenous clients in both family law matters and child protection proceedings at both the Provincial and Supreme levels of court.
In 2010, Colleen founded Spier & Company Law, and since 2011, in her role as an Indigenous mediator on Mediate BC’s Aboriginal Child Protection Roster, assisted parties in resolving child protection matters in a collaborative, culturally relevant and child-focused way. In addition, Colleen provided Family Duty Counsel Services, as requested, on the Haida Gwaii Circuit Court since 2011, and in her current position, manages the Indigenous Courts portfolio within the Provincial government.
From June 2012 to November 2018, Colleen worked as the Executive Director at Island Métis Family & Community Services Society, while simultaneously managing her law firm and mediation practice.
In November 2018, Colleen joined the Ministry of Attorney General, Justice Services Branch, as Executive Director, Indigenous Justice Strategy and in March 2023 she was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the Indigenous Justice Secretariat. In this role, Colleen continues to support the collaboration and advancement of the Indigenous Justice Strategies, which focus on reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, decreasing the overrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in the justice system, addressing violence against Indigenous Peoples especially women and girls, improving access to justice and justice services for Indigenous Peoples, and designing services for Indigenous Peoples that are culturally relevant and appropriate.
Colleen has served on several not-for-profit Boards, including two terms through ministerial appointment on the Board of the British Columbia College of Social Workers, and served four years as an inaugural Director on the British Columbia Aboriginal Justice Council, now the British Columbia First Nation Justice Council. Colleen has been recognized with numerous awards including from the Victoria Bar Association for her volunteer commitments (2014), Premier’s Award Leadership Category Provincial Finalist (2021); MediateBC Susanna Jani Award for Excellence in Mediation (2022); and in 2023 received a King’s Counsel Designation.
Colleen resides in Victoria, BC with her husband and two children, who are members of the Lake St. Martin Band in Manitoba. She loves the outdoors and is an avid animal lover.