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North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
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ehume [at] ratcliff.com
Chelsea Craighead
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Emma Hume


Emma joined Ratcliff as an articled student in 2012 and has been with the firm since. She provides strategic advice to First Nations governments. Much of her practice is spent grappling with the impacts of proposed and approved projects, assisting First Nations engage with proponents, regulators and the Crown. When outstanding issues remain she assists with litigation, including judicial reviews and major trials.

Emma has also appeared before the Specific Claims Tribunal and helps clients address historical wrongs committed by the Crown, most recently working on Huu-ay-aht v. HMTQ, 2014 SCTC 7 and 2016 SCTC 14, the first Tribunal decision to award compensation.

Emma approaches her practice with a focus on balancing economic development opportunities with the protection ofaboriginal rights and title. She believes in working closely with clients to find creative, cost effective and long term solutions to complex problems. 

Before joining Ratcliff Emma worked in public interest environmental law. 

  • J.D. with a concentration in environmental law and sustainability - University of Victoria, 2012
  • B.A. (Hons), Geography - UBC, 2008

Professional and Other Memberships: 
  • Law Society of British Columbia, 2013


  • Torys Public Interest Internship Award (2010)
  • Recognized for outstanding leadership in sustainability by UBC (2007-08)
  • Millennium Scholarship awarded for academic excellence and active citizenship (2006-08)