Melanie D. Wells

Melanie D. Wells

Senior Associate
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Melanie was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1995 and devotes her practice entirely to advising First Nation governments and administrations, as well as First Nation-owned corporate entities.  She advises her clients in the areas of Tribal governance, Aboriginal and Treaty rights and claims, consultation and accommodation, oil and gas, and general corporate governance and commercial law.  Melanie also drafts legislation for First Nation governments which incorporates their specific customs and protocols.  She has lectured and presented on a variety of legal issues affecting First Nations at various educational institutions and conferences.

Melanie is a proud member of the Blood Tribe/Kainai, which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, and was raised on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta.  She is the first Blood Tribe/Kainai woman to become a lawyer and is honoured to be able to assist and advocate for her own people.  Melanie is also blessed to have one son, Robert, who continues her family’s commitment to working to protect and further the interests of First Nations and their members.   Melanie’s background gives her firsthand insight into and an appreciation for the unique legal concerns and issues affecting First Nations.  Among other things, she also enjoys travelling, engaging in personal development, creative writing, learning about other cultures and watching a variety of sports.

Education and Professional Development

Bachelor of Arts, University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta


Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association
*Aboriginal Law Section

Areas of practice

Business & Corporate Law
First Nations Law