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Merrill Shepard


I started my legal career in tax but when the opportunity to work for Indigenous communities presented itself I grabbed it and grew it as quickly as I could. It felt like a way to make a more meaningful contribution with what I did with my life as a lawyer. I am very grateful for the chance to learn and grow with the Indigenous communities I serve.

I assist those communities with issues related to tax, corporations, partnerships, trusts and commercial agreements.

For many years I have been working, and continue to work, for Indigenous communities in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories and it has been a privilege for me to learn about the lives of each of those communities and of the people who live there.  I am a member of the Bar for the Northwest Territories.

I have also been asked to provide my expertise to assist other law firms. For example, I have been asked by one firm to assist in the establishment of trusts for a number of communities in eastern Canada that are receiving settlement funds from specific claims. I have also been asked by another firm to assist in the structuring of the receipt of substantial settlement funds in a national class action.

I am very interested in history and have, as part of my personal effort at reconciliation, tried to take a detailed and honest look at the actions of my family as they related over many years to the Indigenous communities that they impacted.

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