Merle C. Alexander
Merle C. Alexander , KC
(604) 681-4112
(604) 681-4113
638 Smithe St, Suite 300, Vancouver, BC
Year called to bar: 2001 (BC); 2001 (ON); 2002 (YT)
Merle is a member and hereditary chief of Kitasoo Xai x’ais First Nation on the mid-coast of BC. He is celebrated for making exceptional contributions to Indigenous reconciliation and to the advancement of Indigenous lawyers and students. Merle’s practice focuses on Indigenous resource law and legal reform initiatives, and he is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of Indigenous law. Merle practises Indigenous resource law empowering nations through title and rights affirmation, sustainable economic development, and environmental conservation. Merle is a "life of project" lawyer assisting with negotiations of all stages of impact benefit agreements, joint ventures, regulatory engagement, traditional knowledge collection, and other corporate and tax-related advice. He is continuously engaged in legal support for emerging government to government negotiations in all resource areas including mining, oil & gas, forestry, pipelines, run-of-river, and hydro projects. When needed, Merle adapts his solicitor experience and skill set to the emerging and developing needs of Indigenous clients.
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