Articles 2021


Understanding Cultural Sensitives through a Trauma-Informed Lens

  • June 01, 2023
  • Shaunna Kelly

This article explores some preconceived notions and hopefully draws on the need for cultural competence in the workplace. The concepts discussed are transferrable to multiple settings: the courtroom, meeting rooms, interviews and even emails. The need to be culturally sensitive should have a broad application and applies to all professional interactions. Specific examples focus on Indigenous practitioners, but there are transferrable concepts that apply to all groups of people.

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum

Missing in Inaction: Misty’s Story

  • May 02, 2023
  • Laura Pettigrew

An article on the Ontario Ombudsman's April 13, 2023 report "Missing in Inaction: Misty's Story".

Aboriginal Law, Child and Youth Law, Student Forum

Sustaining Progress in Indigenous Legal Education

  • March 04, 2023
  • Scott Franks

Since the release of the TRC report in 2015, momentum has been building toward Indigenous justice and reconciliation. But stronger and deeper commitments and actions are necessary.

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum

Straddling the Border in R v Desautel: Is there Room in Canada’s Constitution for the Métis Communities Living in the United States?

  • May 30, 2022
  • Caroline Bélanger-Hilaire

In this short piece, I would like to explore how Métis communities in the United States (“US”) could claim Canadian constitutional rights by making references to the fresh legal perspective advanced in Desautel. In a potential future case where Métis in the US might claim s. 35 Canadian constitutional rights, I advance the position that s. 35 should be interpreted in a purposive way that includes Métis people who were forced to move elsewhere or on whom international boundaries were imposed.

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Using Gladue Jurisprudence: An Exploration

  • March 31, 2022
  • Naomi Sayers

Exploring the decision in Gladue and its applicability to Section 7 of the Charter.

Aboriginal Law, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law, Student Forum
R. Martin Bayer

Anishinaabemda Paaneh (“Let’s Always Use Our Language”)

  • June 28, 2021
  • Patricia Hania, Ph.D., and R. Martin Bayer, ,

Patricia Hania interviews R. Martin Bayer on Anishinaabemda Paaneh (“Let’s Always Use Our Language”). All translation provided by language speaker, R. Martin Bayer.

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum
Wendy Parkes, LL.B.

Interview with Caitlin Tolley, Algonquin Anishinaabe Lawyer

  • May 12, 2021
  • Wendy Parkes, LL.B.

Wendy Parkes, LL.B., a member of the OBA Aboriginal Law Section Executive and assistant professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University, interviews Caitlin Tolley, Algonquin Anishinaabe lawyer who works in MAG's Indigenous Justice Division.

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum

Interview With An Anishinaabekwe Lawyer

  • December 09, 2020
  • Naomi Sayers

Naomi Sayers, an Anishinaabekwe Lawyer herself, interviews Janine Seymour, an Anishinaabekwe from Wauzhushk Onigum Nation, located approximately five kilometres from the City of Kenora. Naomi wants to learn more about Indigenous legal practitioners throughout Ontario and chose to interview Janine after interacting with her on Twitter. Janine talks about her experiences in law school to now practicing law in northern Ontario!

Aboriginal Law, Student Forum