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Susan M. Kootnekoff

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law. Susan's diverse legal career spans over 25 years. During this time she has gained expertise in a variety of areas of the law, including employment law, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, human rights, education law and...

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You have rights, whether you are an employer or an employee. If you want to learn more about your legal rights, you have come to the right place. We believe everyone should have access to legal representation and information relevant to their workplace situation. Please take a look at our Publications for additional legal information.

Representing clients across Western Canada

Welcome to Inspire Law. We are here to help you trouble shoot and solve your legal situations. Whether you are a large business, a small business, an employer or an employee in any field, we are here to help you. At Inspire Law, we are passionate about fairness, and firmly believe that justice ought to be accessible and afforded to all.

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Your case is important to us. One of the advantages we offer over larger law firms is our ability to attend to you, your case and your results. Whether you are an employer or an employee, employment law matters can be very upsetting and can be challenging to navigate on one’s own. At Inspire Law, you will receive focused and attentive help with your case.

Legal Publications

Susan writes a weekly column which is published in the Kelowna Capital News. Slightly modified versions are also posted on this website under Publications.

Access to Justice and Residential Schools in Canada -  (Part 3)

  • Image: "Marieval Mission, Cowesses Indian Residential School in Elcapo Creek Valley, Saskatchewan, 1923 / Mission de Marieval, Pensionnat indien de Cowesses, dans la vallée d’Elcapo Creek (Saskatchewan), 1923" by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives is licensed under CC BY 2.0
In “A Less Private Practice: Government Lawyers and Legal Ethics”, a 2020 paper published in the Dalhousie Law Journal, Jennifer Leitch discusses the role of government lawyers amid claims for compensation relating to the St. Anne’s residential school.  It is now widely known that egregious physical, sexual and psychological abuse of Indigenous children occurred at St. Anne’s Residential School between 1941...

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Access to Justice and Residential Schools in Canada -  (Part 2)

  • Image: "day 18/365" by shehan365 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Last week’s article looked at the 2006 Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) and the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) claims resolution process. This was a system to provide for compensation as a result of experiences at residential schools. This system was established by negotiation between churches, the federal government, the Assembly of First Nations and other Indigenous organizations and former students.  That...

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Inspire Law

At Inspire Law, we can assist you with a variety of employment law and other work related legal issues. We are a boutique law practice that is free from many of the demands of a larger law firm. For example, we have low overhead costs , will speak in plain English, and will always handle your case in a personalized, attentive and focused manner. We can help you through your...

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Appointments & Fees

We understand the need for flexible appointment times. We offer meeting times to fit your needs, including evenings and Saturdays. If you would like to discuss your legal situation, please contact us to request a consultation. Reasonable & Transparent Billing At Inspire Law, we also understand your concerns about maintaining reasonable and transparent legal costs.  Typically, the legal services we provide are billed at our regular hourly rates. Once an agreement is made...

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