Rachelle Loos (née Trenholm) is a member of Homalco First Nation and has strong family ties to the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. She was born and raised in Campbell River and has lived most of her life on Vancouver Island. Rachelle practices as both a solicitor and a litigator, with a focus on Aboriginal Law, Indigenous Law and First Nations legal issues.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Rachelle completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology at Vancouver Island University (June, 2012). It was during Rachelle’s final year of her degree program that she decided to apply to law school in order to obtain an education she believed would provide her with the tools she needed to create positive change regarding Indigenous legal and social issues.
Rachelle attended the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law (2015-2018), where she focused her legal education on Aboriginal Law, Indigenous Law, and Business Law. While at law school, Rachelle volunteered with the Indigenous Law Student Association (“ILSA”) and was chosen by her peers to act as ILSA Co-Chair during her second year. During Rachelle’s third year at law school, she was selected by her peers to act as the Equity Representative. Upon graduating from law school, Rachelle was excited to return to Nanaimo and article with Ramsay Lampman Rhodes.
Having been called to the British Columbia Bar in January, 2020, Rachelle is continuing to work towards building her legal practice. She is forward looking – always looking for opportunities to learn. Rachelle has experience assisting Indigenous clients dealing with a range of legal issues, including: employment conflicts, the incorporation of a business, the drafting and legal review of First Nation Land Codes under the First Nation Land Management Act, and is involved in modern Treaty negotiations.
It is Rachelle’s intention to continue to grow her practice in a manner that will give her the skills necessary to assist First Nation governments seeking to assert their jurisdictional and law making authority, pursue economic opportunities, and manage their territory in a manner consistent with their customary rules and practices, principles and obligations. Her practice will also involve providing assistance to First Nation governments and individuals looking for information regarding family law, employment law, and wills and estate law. Rachelle also looks forward to assisting Indigenous entrepreneurs in reaching their goals, such as resolving issues involving intellectual property.
When not practicing law, Rachelle enjoys spending time with her family, playing hockey and giving back to the community. Rachelle is currently a Director with RAVEN Trust and has volunteered at Gathering Our Voices and other community events.
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Victoria, Faculty of Law 2018
- B.A. (Criminology), Vancouver Island University, 2012
Year of Call + Jurisdiction
- 2020, British Columbia
- Director with RAVEN Trust
- Past volunteer with Gathering Our Voices