Our Lawyers

500 - 221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 988-1452

Email: 
abruce [at] ratcliff.com
Assistant: 
Linda Williams
lwilliams [at] ratcliff.com

Aaron Bruce (Kelts'‑tkinem)

Partner

Aaron is member of the Squamish Nation and is passionate about working with First Nations to balance economic development opportunities with the protection of Aboriginal rights and title interests and environmental conservation.  He advises on land and resource issues, Aboriginal rights and title, matters under the Indian Act, First Nation governance issues, economic development opportunities, and acts as general counsel for First Nations governments. Aaron specializes in the negotiation of impact-benefit agreements, accommodation agreements with the Crown, and other interim agreements concerning land and natural resources.  

Education: 
  • BA from Simon Fraser University
  • LL.B from University of British Columbia
  • Internship at the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professional and Other Memberships: 
  • Law Society of British Columbia, 2004
  • Indigenous Bar Association 
Community Involvement: 

Aaron is very active in his support of a number of organizations serving local First Nations, including:

  • North Vancouver Restorative Justice Society - Advisory Board
  • Esemkwu Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centre - President of Board of Directors
  • Justice Institute of BC Aboriginal Programs & Services Advisory Council - Past
  • Vancouver Coastal Regional Aboriginal Planning Committee - Past