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A2J Week 2021: A closer look: The justice sector’s response to the TRC Calls to Action

October 25, 2021
Monday, October, 25, 2021
10 - 11:30 am ET

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This program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of EDI Professionalism Content.

Enhancing the legal professions’ relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples is a priority in advancing access to justice. This session, moderated by Treasurer Teresa Donnelly, explores the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action relevant to the justice sector, and examines the unique cultural, historical, and socio-economic barriers that continue to impact Indigenous Peoples’ access to and interaction with the Canadian justice system. Indigenous legal professionals will provide insights on how these barriers can be addressed to provide better legal services to Indigenous communities.
After this session, participants will:
  • Have a better understanding of the TRC Calls to Action relevant to the justice sector
  • Be able to identify the barriers to the justice system faced by Indigenous Peoples
  • Learn about what is required to provide barrier-free legal services to Indigenous Peoples.


Dr. Beverly Jacobs, CM, LLB, LLM, PhD is the associate dean (academic) at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor and she practices law part-time at her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  Beverly obtained a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994, a Master of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 and a PhD from the University of Calgary in 2018.  Her work centres around ending gendered colonial violence against Indigenous people and restoring Indigenous laws, beliefs, values, and traditions. A prolific scholar, her published work has earned her numerous awards. Dr. Jacobs is a former president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (elected 2004 to 2009). She received the Laura Legge Award from the Law Society of Ontario in 2021 and was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2018.  She also received a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case in 2008, an Esquao Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women and a Canadian Voice of Women of Peace Award from the Canadian Department of Peace Initiative and Civilian Peace Service Canada (2008). 

Kimberly Murray is a member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation, She Is currently the executive lead for the newly created Survivors' Secretariat at the Six Nations of the Grand River, working to recover the missing children and unmarked burials at the Mohawk Institute. Prior to this new role, Kimberly was the province of Ontario's first ever assistant deputy attorney general for Indigenous justice, from April 1, 2015 to August 2, 2021, where she was responsible for creating a unit to work with Indigenous communities on revitalizing their Indigenous laws and legal orders. She was executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and prior to that a staff lawyer and then executive director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto.

Stuart Wuttke is general counsel for the Assembly of First Nations. Mr. Wuttke has vast experience working in Aboriginal law, focusing on treaty and aboriginal rights for First Nations. Mr. Wuttke oversees all legal matters and compliance issues for the Assembly of First Nations. Mr. Wuttke’s areas of practice include aboriginal and treaty rights, consultation and accommodation, corporate governance, and the environment. Mr. Wuttke has appeared in courts at every level on a wide range of legal matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada on aboriginal rights matters, and the implementation of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. He is also counsel for the Assembly of First Nations in the watershed First Nations child welfare human rights case now before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Prior to joining the Assembly of First Nations, Mr. Wuttke served as legal counsel for the Southern Chiefs’ Organization in Manitoba and Garden Hill First Nation.


Teresa Donnelly
Law Society of Ontario

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