Kenji Tokawa

Kenji Tokawa

Kenji advises his First Nations clients on various matters, including specific claims for historical wrongs committed by Canada against First Nations’ lands and assets. Rights and Title, banishment, membership issues, land code laws and land management, economic development, including legal marijuana production and distribution and custom elections codes.

Kenji joined Donovan & Company in 2016. He previously served as a judicial law clerk to seven judges of the British Columbia Supreme Court. His articles on Aboriginal rights and Indigenous legal pluralism are published in the UBC Law Review and the Journal of Legal Pluralism. His experience includes work at the Specific Claims Tribunal, an Aboriginal criminal justice diversion program in Ottawa, the Ecojustice Law clinic, and an Ontario Crown Attorney’s office. He received his law degree in 2015 from the University of Ottawa, graduating with the faculty option in Aboriginal Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions. He was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2016.

Kenji is a fourth-generation Japanese Canadian. His grandparents and great-grandparents were uprooted and interned during World War II. He draws on their strength in his work.

When not at work, Kenji enjoys spending time with family and practicing taiko (Japanese drumming) with his taiko group.

Kenji's assistant is Fiona Scott: