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Koren Lightning-Earle
President

Koren Lightning-Earle

Box 2097 Hobbema, Alberta T0C1N0
Phone: (780) 721-2345
Email: klightning-earle@indigenousbar.ca

Koren Lightning-Earle is Cree and from Samson Cree Nation, Alberta.  She is a sole practitioner in her home community and is a Council Member for Samson Cree Nation.

Koren has a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Special in Sociology. She graduated from Law School in 2007 at the University of Alberta.  She was called to the bar in February 2009 and had the honour of having her Bar Call on her Reserve of Samson Cree Nation.  She was called by Chief Justice Wachowich and Federal Court Justice Mandamin.

Koren has been on the IBA board since 2005, starting as a student representative and moving to the executive. She is the President of Kasohkowew Child Welfare Society.  She sits on the board on directors for Samson Management Ltd and Peace Hills General Insurance and was a sessional instructor at Maskwachees Cultural College.


Scott Robertson
Vice-President


Email: srobertson@indigenousbar.ca

 

 

Scott Robertson is an associate in the law firm of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere practicing exclusively in the area of Aboriginal Law.

Scott is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and has considerable insight into the growing economic needs of First Nation communities, businesses and organizations. Scott is regularly called upon to assist First Nations in negotiations with private and public interest groups to develop innovative economic growth strategies which incorporate First Nation traditions and knowledge.

Scott is a skillful advocate who has represented First Nation clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, Ontario Energy Board, National Energy Board, Ontario Superior Court and the Human Rights Commission.  Scott has dedicated his practice to improving the quality of life, wealth and prosperity for First Nations communities while preserving the unique identity of Canada’s original inhabitants.    

Education and Memberships
Year of Call in Ontario: 2007
University of Ottawa, LLB, 2006
Queen’s University, B.Ed. 1997
Carleton University, B.A. Geography. 1996

Member of the Indigenous Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates Society.


Drew Lafound
Treasurer

Drew Lafound

Email: dlafound@indigenousbar.ca


 

Drew is a Cree-Shushwap First Nation from Treaty 6 territory. He was born and raised on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and has ties to the Chu Chua First Nation in British Columbia.

He completed his B.A. Honours in Public Administration at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria in 2009. During his studies, he served as the President of the
Indigenous Law Students Association and participated in the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Rights Moot in 2008.

He is currently an associate with MLT Aikins LLP in Calgary, Alberta.

Drew was elected to the board of the Indigenous Bar Association in 2007 as
a student member and was re-elected to the board in 2009, 2011 and 2015.


Brooks Arcand-Paul
Secretary

Brooks Arcand-Paul

Email: barcand-paul@indigenousbar.ca

 

Brooks Arcand-Paul is nehiyaw from kipohtakaw (Alexander First Nation) in Treaty Six Territory. He grew up living on the reserve and attended French immersion in nearby Morinville, Alberta. He continued on to the University of Alberta, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in political science, and graduated from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in 2016.

Brooks is articling with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General at the legal seconded branch of the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Prior to this, he has had many experiences working with First Nations in Alberta and has gained diverse professional and legal experiences working in various capacities with nations in Treaty Six, Seven and Eight territories.

Brooks has been on the IBA Board of Directors since 2014 as a student representative. In 2016 he was re-elected for another term on the Board as an executive.



Email: kdrake@indigenousbar.ca

Karen Drake is an Assistant Professor at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She currently serves as Chair of the Thunder Bay Métis Council. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Lakehead Law Journal and was previously Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Indigenous Law Journal.

Prior to joining Lakehead University, Karen practised with Erickson & Partners in the area of civil litigation, focusing on Aboriginal legal issues, human rights, and labour and employment law. Prior to that, she articled with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. She then completed a clerkship with the Ontario Court of Appeal, where she clerked for Justice Stephen Borins, Justice Susan Lang, Justice Harry LaForme, and Justice Gloria Epstein. She also served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Leonard Mandamin of the Federal Court.

Karen teaches Aboriginal Law, Indigenous Legal Traditions, and Property Law. Her current research interests include the intersection between liberalism and Aboriginal rights, the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples in the context of resource extraction, and Métis legal issues.


Christina Gray
Members–at–Large

Christina Gray

Email: cgray@indigenousbar.ca


 

Christina Gray is proudly Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams in Northern BC, Dene from Lutselk’e from NWT, and Métis. Currently, she is working as legal counsel at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre on the Haudenosaunee territory of Toronto.

Christina was born, raised, and went to school in the unceded Musqueam territory of Vancouver. She attained an Art History and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia. Leaving the West coast for Ontario to article at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.

In June 2015, she was called to the bar in Toronto with the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). After throwing a feast in Lax Kw’alaams with her House (Waap Liyaa'mlaxha), she appealed to the Law Society, to wear her Ts’msyen regalia instead of the traditional black barristers robes at her call ceremony. In 2016, she was also called to the bar in British Columbia. Christina is also a regular contributor to the Native Law Centre’s Canadian Native Law Reporter.

Christina was elected to the Indigenous Bar Association Board of Directors in 2016.


Julie McGregor
Members–at–Large

Juli Mcgregor

Email: jmcgregor@indigenousbar.ca


 

Julie McGregor is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2004) and is Legal Counsel to the Assembly of First Nations.

Julie developed an expertise in Aboriginal law as Legal Counsel to the former Indian Claims Commission and later as a Crown Counsel with Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. More recently she acted as a Senior Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

Julie’s practice is focused on providing advice to First Nation clients on a range of legal issues including governance issues, consultation and accommodation, matrimonial real property, Aboriginal and Treaty rights negotiation and the resolution of land claims. She has drafted land claim settlement agreements and has participated in settlement negotiations with Provincial and Federal Governments.



Bruce Uviluq
Student Representatives

Bruce Uviluq

Email: buviluq@indigenousbar.ca

 

Bruce Uviluq is an Inuk from Iqaluit, Nunavut where he was born and raised. He is a hunter and father of two boys. Bruce moved to Ottawa in 2010 to attend law school.  After studying two years English at the University of Ottawa, he was accepted to the University of Ottawa common Faculty of law.

Bruce is on Educational leave from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. where he began working in 2002.  He worked in the Implementation department as a negotiator and recently moved to the legal department.
Bruce's interest is on modern land claims and negotiations with the Federal Government.  As an Inuk, he will bring the Inuit perspective and experiences on modern treaties to the Indigenous Bar Association.


Crystal Brown
Student Representatives

Crystal Brown

Email: cbrown@indigenousbar.ca

 

Crystal Brown is Anishinabe from Sagkeeng First Nation and Diné from the Navajo Nation. Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, located in Treaty 1 territory, she also spent her early childhood growing up on the Navajo Nation along with subsequent summers strengthening her ties to Dinétah and establishing a strong cultural foundation tied to the land and water.

Crystal is a second year law student at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law located on unceded Musqueam territory in Vancouver, BC where she is currently serving as co-President of UBC’s Indigenous Law Students’ Association. Prior to attending law school, Crystal obtained her B.A. in Indigenous Studies and Politics at the University of Winnipeg where she earned a gold medal of achievement.

Crystal’s interest is in Aboriginal law and while she recognizes that the field is vast, she hopes to narrow her focus through the Aboriginal law specialization offered at UBC and ultimately work with First Nation communities and peoples in the future.


Anne Chalmers
Administrative Support

70 Pineglen Crescent
Ottawa, ON
K2G 0G8
Email:achalmers@indigenousbar.ca

 
 

 

 

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