403-266-1201 ext. 232
Suite 300, 602 12th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1J3
Racquel is Nehiyawiskwew and a member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation located in Saskatchewan.
Racquel joined the Maurice Law team as an Articling Student in the summer of 2011 and has remained with the firm as an Associate after being called to the Bar of the Law Society of Alberta in 2012. Her practice has covered a wide variety of practice areas that are based exclusively on the legal issues of First Nations people across the country, including secured lending, trust drafting, taxation, governance and administrative law matters. She also represented approximately 200 residential school survivors in the Independent Assessment Process between 2012 and 2017.
Racquel's primary area of focus is representing First Nations clients in secured lending transactions and consulting with First Nations on the development of trust agreements for the long-term use and sustaining benefit of their memberships. Racquel drafts trust agreements as well as referendum bylaws and financial administration and revenue bylaws to enable First Nations to responsibly allocate their financial resources and plan for the futures of their communities.
Before working at Maurice Law, Racquel attained her J.D. from the University of Victoria, where she concentrated her studies on First Nation legal issues and corporate law, and was employed as a research student for the National Aboriginal Economic Development Research Chair where she provided research support in relation to intervener submissions for the companion Supreme Court of Canada cases of Dube v. Canada and Bastien Estate v. Canada.
Prior to entering law school, Racquel worked with Indigenous organizations both in Alberta and abroad. She completed an internship in Wellington, New Zealand in 2004-2005 with the Waitangi Tribunal, which is the standing commission of inquiry regarding land and treaty claims of Maori groups (iwi). Racquel also worked as a researcher at an Aboriginal legal education organization in Edmonton.
Community Engagement & Presentations
• Mentor/Volunteer, Stardale Aboriginal Girls Program (2018-Present)
• Contributor, The Advocates’ Society, TAS TRUE NORTH GUIDE “Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples & Issues” (2017)
• Program Coordinator (Calgary), Dare to Dream – Canadian Lawyers Abroad (2014)
• Student Representative, Indigenous Bar Association Board of Directors (2009-2011)
• Conference Coordinator, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law Community Conference (2011)
Education & Professional Memberships
• Law Society of Alberta (2012)
• J.D. (University of Victoria, 2011)
• B.A. Political Science/Native American Studies (University of Lethbridge, 2004)
Practice Areas• Trusts• Tax• Indigenous Governance