Rosalie is Syilx from the Okanagan Indian Band with ancestral ties to the Secwépemc Nation. She is the Vice-Chair of the BC First Nations Justice Council and an 11-year member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Rosalie holds a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Simon Fraser University in Indigenous Business & Leadership.
Ms. Yazzie owns and operates Nesika Law Corporation which specializes in Aboriginal law, title and rights and Nation rebuilding. She is a passionate champion for Nation building approaches based in traditional governance values, customs and First Nations legal traditions. Her firm supports First Nations clients to achieve their governance and institutional development goals through sound policy, strategic engagement, and communication.
Ms. Yazzie applies a unique lens to her practice, earned through decades of professional experience in First Nations political advocacy, human rights, and social development issues including – child welfare, health and education.
Ms. Yazzie currently serves as general counsel to the Chiefs Executive Council of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and is a past member of the Law Society of B.C.’s Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Advisory Team and has recently been appointed to the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust 2021 Legislative Review Committee. Rosalie is Chair of the Implementation Team for Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative.