Anita Boscariol | Associate Council Indigenous Law | Watson Goepel

Anita Boscariol Associate Counsel


“We must work differently than we have in the past. My experience as a negotiator has taught me that there is always some common ground to be found between opposing parties. And that place, no matter how small, is where you must start from.”

Anita is Associate Counsel at Watson Goepel LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on Indigenous Law, with a portion dedicated to the area of Immigration law. Having worked in the public sector for over 25 years, the last ten as Director General, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Negotiations West, for the former Department of Indigenous & Northern Affairs, Anita brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her Indigenous practice.

Anita assists and advises a variety of clients with matters related to issues of Indigenous self-government, economic development, governance, and engagement, consultation and accommodation. She is an accomplished negotiator, consensus builder and problem solver.

A former Assistant Deputy Chair of the Immigration Appeal Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Anita conducts appeals before the Immigration Appeals Division, and also submits applications and conducts appeals before the federal court judicial review.

Anita is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, enjoys classical music and opera, and is a fitness enthusiast.



LLB, University of British Columbia, 1982

B.A., University of British Columbia, 1978


British Columbia , 1985

Work Highlights

  • Experience drafting First Nations’ community by-laws;
  • Administration of band elections, appeals and referenda;
  • Administration of trusts, lands, status and membership;
  • Overseeing the administration of wills and estates under the Indian Act;
  • Led a team of federal negotiators in tripartite negotiations and discussions with BC and First nations , as well as the Yukon and Yukon First Nations;
  • Led a federal team of negotiators to the successful conclusion of modern treaties with the Tsawwassen, Maa-Nulth and Tla’amin First Nations;
  • Led a federal team of negotiators in consultation and accommodation discussions;
  • Acted as the federal representative at a variety of litigation settlement discussions

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Council of Administrative Tribunals
  • Member, British Columbia Council of Administrative Tribunals
  • Sponsorship Chair, Finnegan Ball Committee, Vancouver College Parents Association
  • Director, Jane Rowan Society, Little Flower Academy, Vancouver  (2008-present)
  • Volunteer, Access Pro Bono COVID-19 Telephone Response Clinic

Recent news from Anita Boscariol

UN Flag - Protecting Indigenous Peoples' Right

9 June 2020

BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ Act: Rising to the challenge of UNDRIP

On November 28, 2019, British Columbia became the first jurisdiction in Canada to incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (“UNDRIP”), making UNDRIP part of BC law. UNDRIP UNDRIP is a comprehensive international instrument on the rights of indigenous peoples, that sets out basic human rights within an indigenous context and…

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Anita Boscariol - Interview by Canadian Lawyer

29 May 2020

Indigenous Law Lawyer Anita Boscariol was interviewed by Canadian Lawyer magazine for a May 06, 2020 article on the recently passed temporary regulations allowing First Nations to postpone or cancel elections during the pandemic to protect community health and avoid a governance gap. See the full article here.

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