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Scott Robertson


Scott Robertson, LL.B., B.A.(Hons), BEd, Certified Specialist in Indigenous Legal Issues

Scott Robertson is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and an associate in the law firm of Nahwegahbow, Corbiere practicing exclusively in matters relating to Indigenous peoples. Scott is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Indigenous Leal Issues: Litigation and Advocacy.

Scott was originally elected to the Board of the Indigenous Bar Association in 2014, serving first as a member at large and then as the Vice-President. In addition, Scott currently serves as a member of the Federal Court’s Aboriginal Law Bar Liaison Committee as well as the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters.

Working directly with First Nation communities, businesses and organizations Scott has developed considerable insight into the growing economic needs of First Nations. 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 traditional knowledge.

In addition to his solicitor experience Scott is also a skillful advocate and litigator who has represented First Nation clients at all level of Courts and Tribunals. Most recently, he represented the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation before the Supreme Court of Canada on an appeal of an application before the National Energy Board. Scott has dedicated his practice to improving the quality of life, health and prosperity for First Nation communities while preserving the unique identity of Canada’s original inhabitants.

Scott earned his bachelor of laws from the University of Ottawa, his B.A (Hons) at Carleton University in Geography and a B.Ed. from Queens University with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies.


Drew Lafond

Drew Lafound



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

Brooks Arcand-Paul



Brooks Arcand-Paul nehiyaw kipohtakaweinho kiya (Alexander First Nation) in Treaty Six Territory. He grew up 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 has been called to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of Alberta in 2017.

Brooks is currently an Associate at Eagle Law on the Tsuut'ina Nation in Alberta. Prior to this, he has worked with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General completing his articles at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and as a summer student with the Crown Law Office - Civil. He has also 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.

Christina Gray

Christina Gray



Christina Gray is a senior research associate with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Christina is Ts’msyen from Lax Kw’alaams in Northern British Columbia, Dene from Lutselk’e in the Northwest Territories, and Métis. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with an undergraduate degree in art history and later a degree in law. Christina moved to Ontario to article with Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, and in 2015 she was called to the bar with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Since becoming a lawyer, she has worked as a legal intern in Uganda and as a human rights lawyer in Toronto In 2016, Christina was elected to the board of directors of the Indigenous Bar Association.

Celeste Haldane

Celeste Haldane



Chief Commissioner

Celeste Haldane was appointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission in April 2017. Prior to this, she served as an elected Commissioner for three two-year terms commencing in 2011.

Celeste is a practising lawyer and holds an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School [York University], and an LL.B. and B.A. both from the University of British Columbia. In 2015, she began her Doctorate at UBC in Anthropology & Law.

The Provincial Government appointed her to serve on the UBC Board of Governors and the Legal Services Society. Celeste is the first Indigenous chair of the Legal Services Society. She is a director of the Brain Canada Foundation and the Hamber Foundation. Celeste is an active member of the Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. She is a 2015 alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She previously served as the Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee, a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Housing & Capital Committee, and the Matrimonial Real Property Committee. Celeste is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.

Naiomi Metallic

Naiomi Metallic



Naiomi W. Metallic is an associate professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she holds the Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy. She earned her LL.B. from Dalhousie and an LL.L from the University of Ottawa, and went on to clerk for the Honourable Michel Bastarache at the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Metallic articled and practiced at Burchells LLP in Halifax and earned an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, before joining the faculty at Dalhousie. A member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in Gespe’gewa’gi, Quebec, Ms. Metallic has published and presented on such topics as Aboriginal title, Indian Act by-laws, and the linguistic rights of Indigenous peoples. She has volunteered with a range of organizations, including serving on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission and sitting on the Executive of the Canadian Bar Association National Aboriginal Law Section. She is also a founding director of the Listuguj Aboqonmadultinech Community Foundation.

Teresa Edwards

Teresa Edwards

Teresa Edwards is a member of the Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation in Quebec. The name given to her in ceremony by her Elders is Young Fire Woman and she does her best fulfil its meaning as a Human Rights lawyer. Teresa is the mother of three amazing Souls who inspire her to strive for equality for Indigenous Peoples and to implement reconciliation in Canada now and for future generations. She has worked for 30 years to improve the socio-economic conditions for Indigenous Peoples, particularly women, in Canada by advocating to change programs, policy and legislation.  This experience has come as an International Human Rights Lawyer, a writer, researcher and human rights advocate who has worked to address injustices such as: the high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls; human sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of Indigenous girls and women, the high rates of poverty for Indigenous mothers and their children, etc. Teresa has also worked to tackle issues of membership and citizenship, supporting Indigenous women in leadership roles and encouraging their political participation.

She has worked within the Federal Government for 15 years at the Indian Claims Commission, Privy Council Office, Status of Women Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and with, and for, First Nations while at the Assembly of First Nations and from her own Consultant/Legal practice to address the social and economic needs of Indigenous clients while incorporating Traditional Knowledge and Practices, whenever possible.
Teresa has worked as the Legal Counsel and Director of Human Rights and International Affairs at the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) to improve the lives of Indigenous women by supporting economic security through projects involving small to medium businesses, financial literacy and by encouraging leadership and education for Indigenous women in all fields. Over the years, she has also helped to form partnerships, completed tasks as part working groups, and implemented agreements with Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. She has also worked to advance the economic, social, cultural, civil, political and spiritual rights at the United Nations (UN) in New York and Geneva, and to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights violations and injustices faced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Teresa is now the Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel at the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), which is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many legacies of the Residential School System through their development of educational resources, and ground-breaking exhibitions. LHF also supports healing initiatives for Survivors of Residential Schools and for Survivors of the Sixties Scoop as part of its evolving mandate.

Teresa earned her Bachelor of Laws from University of Saskatchewan, York and Ottawa University, her B.A. at Concordia and Ottawa University, with a concentration in Aboriginal and Women’s Studies. Ms. Edwards has presented and published on such topics as the Indian Act, Membership, and Citizenship; Human Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Indigenous girls and, the Implementation of Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and Indigenous Women and the (In) Justice System, and on other related topics. She has presented at the United Nations, on behalf of NWAC, to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Committee Against Torture, etc. and negotiated text for international agreements and declarations all aimed to advance the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Crystal Brown
Student Representatives

Crystal Brown



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.

Laura Sharp
Student Representatives

Laura Sharp



Laura Sharp is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was raised in near-by Waterdown, Ontario. She is a second year law student at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, located on the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

Laura completed a B.A. Honours degree in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario in 2014. She is the resources manager for Osgoode's Indigenous Students Association and sits as the student member of Osgoode's Indigenization Sub-Committee that aims to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's recommendation #28 for Indigenous legal education. 

Laura's interest is in business and tax law. She would like to work for a firm who works with Indigenous communities. 

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