Melissa Daniels is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Juris Doctorate. Currently, she is practicing law at Woodward and Company LLP and represents ACFN in its litigation against Canada, Alberta and the tar sands industry. Melissa is also a graduate student at Harvard University where her research is focused on the application of Dene legal principles in the context of ecosystem based land management. Upon completion of the same, Melissa will be pursing a PhD in public health to examine the correlation between exploitation of the tar sands and the maternal/pediatric health of downstream communities. Melissa also represents the Native Women’s Association of Canada on the National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk and was one of 124 world leaders chosen to participate at the recent UN Climate Summit.