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Melinda Skeels First Nations litigation consultation economic development lawyer BC | Ratcliff LLP

Melinda Skeels*

*Law Corporation
Direct Phone: 604-983-7634

Assistant: Raquel Handel

Melinda is an accomplished and dedicated legal advisor to First Nations on governance, litigation, consultation with industry and government, economic development and regulatory matters. As counsel on many groundbreaking cases in the area of Indigenous law, she has also has extensive experience in:

  • Treaty implementation, including drafting legislation
  • Policy development and negotiation with industry
  • Drafting legislation for Bands under the Indian Act and other federal legislation

Melinda frequently appears in all three levels of court in BC and before various administrative tribunals, including the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Tribunal.

Melinda completed her articles at Ratcliff LLP in 2008 and has been in practice with the firm since. In her spare time, she is an avid sea kayaker, camper and traveller, usually snapping at least a few photos along the way.

In The Community

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Fellow, University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre Associate’s Program
  • Director and Board President (past), Georgia Straight Alliance

Year Of Call

  • British Columbia, 2008


  • B.A. (with Distinction) Anthropology, University of Victoria, 2000
  • J.D., University of Victoria, 2007