Natai Shelsen has a broad litigation practice, including civil, commercial and administrative law matters, with a focus on aboriginal law. She represents clients in Ontario and Quebec in both official languages. Prior to joining Goldblatt Partners, she practiced as a litigator in Montreal.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo, Natai pursued her legal studies at McGill University, where she completed joint degrees in common law and Quebec civil law. At McGill, Natai earned the Fern Gertrude Kennedy Prize for distinguished research and writing for her work on two studies concerning the gendered experience of law school and the declining mental health of law students. Natai was also awarded the Graduating Student Award by her peers for her outstanding contribution to life at the Faculty of Law throughout her studies.
Natai’s interest in litigation is rooted in her passion for advocacy on behalf of marginalized and vulnerable people. Her experiences volunteering with marginalized women in downtown Montreal at the Chez Doris Legal Clinic and with Aboriginal people at the Native Friendship Centre contributed to her commitment to access to justice and other social justice issues.
Natai is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar Association). She is an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal Law Section. She is also a member of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (Association of French Speaking Jurists of Ontario), as well as Quebec Lawyers Abroad.