Melina was born and raised in Whitehorse and is from the Kajet (Crow) clan from Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. Her family has always embraced the traditional lifestyle and living off the land. Melina loves the outdoors and has always had a strong interest in these traditions. She’s learned a lot of knowledge from her parents, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents. She’s carrying on her family’s culture and traditions through trapping and hunting with her father, and sewing and beading with her mother.