FAMILY LAWYER, VANCOUVER
About Kit Perrick
Kit is an experienced lawyer with a unique background. He was born and raised in North Vancouver where he enjoyed playing hockey, skiing, and sea kayaking. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Subsequently, he obtained his law degree from the University of Calgary in 2003, with additional studies in international and maritime law at the University of Oslo in Norway.
Before being called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2004 and called to the Bar in Manitoba in 2005, Kit worked as a secondary school teacher for the North Vancouver School District #44. For the past 20 years, he has practiced civil litigation, specializing in Aboriginal law, civil rights cases, personal injury, and family law. His extensive experience in these areas has given him a unique sense of compassion, patience, and trauma-informed advocacy, which he brings to his clients and the courtroom.
Kit has earned national respect and honed his professionalism as a passionate advocate for victims/survivors of abuse, frequently advocating on behalf of First Nations across Western Canada. He also made various submissions to and appeared before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Moreover, he has had the privilege and honour of representing the Sechelt First Nation, and represented members of the Squamish, Gitxsan, Glen Vowell, tsleil-waututh and the Nuu chah nulth First Nations, here, in British Columbia. In Manitoba, he represented members and Chiefs of the Sagkeeng First Nation, as well as from Roseau River, Broken Head, Pine Creek, Lake Manitoba and God’s River First Nations in proceedings in the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. In Alberta, for a time, he represented the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, as well as members from the Siksika First Nation. In Ontario, he also represented Elders of the Onigaming Ojibway First Nation, as well as from Grassy Narrows, Shoal Lake, Couchichin First Nations in their claims against the Government of Canada.
He also made submissions to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and contributed materials to the MMIW findings in their report, Reclaiming Power and Place.
As Plaintiff counsel, he has worked collaboratively with and against the Department of Justice; and, frequently, against the clergy in Catholic Church in serious abuse claims. In Manitoba, Kit worked with and on behalf of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Ojibway and Cree Elders as Plaintiff counsel for over 15 years. In 2019, he became a BC Law Society accredited Family Law Mediator as he sought to learn the dynamics of conflict management and mediation. He has appeared in all levels of Court in BC, and in courts all across Western Canada.
Kit has demonstrated that he not afraid to take on the Government and challenge cases that involve over-bearing governmental authority, especially in cases involving First Nations children and innocent families wrongly accused of abuse by MCFD. For example, he has worked on numerous child abuse cases against the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) whereby there have been false allegations on innocent families. He points out that Canada is the only country in the western world where there has been more reports of suspected child abuse per year than newborn babies. Kit recognizes that the child protection system is broken, and that the Child and Family Community Services Act [RSBC 1996] is in need of a legislative overhaul.
Kit understands these ‘systemic failures’ and the corresponding traumatic effects on families wrongfully accused of child abuse by MCFD and their SCAN doctors. The need for resort to the Courts is often the only recourse available.
Above all else, he brings these 20 years of valuable experience to his litigation practice, especially in family law in recent years. It has been formally observed that “Kit has achieved favourable legal outcomes for his clients as a result of his extraordinary professionalism and advocacy as counsel.”
Kit’s professional cross-competencies as a lawyer, teacher, and mediator make him a strong legal advocate with valuable experience working on behalf of his clients. When not spending time with his three children, Kit can be found exploring the wilderness or sea kayaking in remote locations such as Kyuquot Sound or the West Coast of Vancouver Island.