Simon Turner First Nations litigation governance resources treaty lawyer BC | Ratcliff LLP

Simon Turner

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Chelsea Lightheart
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Simon’s practice focuses on Aboriginal law. He assists First Nations with litigation, governance and land and resource issues. He also advises treaty First Nations with treaty implementation and enactment of laws under their treaty law-making authority.

Simon completed his articles at Ratcliff LLP in 2014 and has been at the firm since then. Simon spends much of his free time exploring the wild corners of BC and beyond.

Notable Experience

  • Co-Chair, Specific Claims Practice Group
  • Member, Ratcliff Reconciliation Committee

News, Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Chair, Pacific Business and Law Institute – Specific Claims Forum, February 2023
  • ‘News – Tsawwassen Fist Nation reaches settlement agreement in English Bluffs Specific Claim
  • Author & Presenter, “Development of Aboriginal Lands: Successes, Risks and Environmental Concerns Respecting Contaminated Sites” presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institute Conference, September 26, 2012.
  • Author & Presenter, “Concerns with the BC Environmental Assessment Process from a First Nations Perspective” presented at the Pacific Business and Law Institute Conferences, Environmental Law and Canada’s First Nations, February 7 and 8, 2007 and Mining in Aboriginal Communities, March 11 & 12, 2009
  • Author & Presenter, “Personal Information Protection: What you need to know about Employee Privacy and New Legislation” presented at Infonex Conference Effective Human Resource Management in Aboriginal Communities, September 27-30, 2004

In The Community

  • Founding Member, University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre
  • Past Director, North Shore Neighbourhood House
  • Past Director, The Land Conservancy of British Columbia
  • Former Executive Committee Member, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, Vancouver Chapter
  • President, North Vancouver Secondary School Drama Association


  • B.Sc. University of Victoria, 2008
  • J,D., Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, 2013

Year Of Call

  • British Columbia, 2014