Ms. Lepine is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation and was raised in the beautiful community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. Her family and community traditional teachings in environmental stewardship at a young age motivated her to advance studies in environmental conservation sciences at the University of Alberta.
Melody is now currently enrolled in the Environment and Management Masters of Science program at Royal Roads University. This balance of teachings in both traditional environmental knowledge and western science has become Melody’s key strength in her professional career.
Melody has worked for her community and First Nation for the past eleven years as the Director of Government and Industry Relations (GIR). She is responsible for overseeing all government and industry consultation pertaining to resource development that may impact the Mikisew Cree. During her time with the GIR, she has been managing hundreds of government and industry consultation files some of which include six oil sands regulatory interventions and judicial reviews. Melody has led the development of consultation protocols and guidelines, numerous traditional land use studies and is one of the key negotiators of impact benefit agreements.
Ms. Lepine is also quite proud to have initiated a community based environmental monitoring program, cultural impact assessments, land use plans and indigenous knowledge studies. Ms. Lepine serves as a board member for the Cumulative Environment Management Association and as a trustee for the MCFN IBA trust.