The IBA celebrates the appointment of Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay as a Judge to the Provincial Court of Alberta

November 14, 2018

OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) celebrates the appointment of Cheryl Arcand-Kootenay as a judge to the St. Paul Provincial Court of Alberta on November 6, 2018.

Judge Arcand-Kootenay is a nehiyaw-iskwew (Cree woman) from the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. Her legal career has been devoted to family and Aboriginal law, including acting as a roster lawyer for the Legal Representation for Children and Youth branch of the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Judge Arcand-Kootenay has also acted as legal counsel for Akamkisipatinaw Ohpikihawasowin Child and Family Services (AKO), a delegated First Nation Child and Family agency in Maskwacis.  Judge Arcand-Kootenay has led by example, and has served as an inspiration for many people in her community.

Brooks Arcand-Paul, Secretary and Treasurer of the IBA, has stated “this is a momentous appointment for Alberta, our Nation, the Alexander First Nation and the Arcand and Kootenay families. The Honourable Judge Arcand-Kootenay is most deserving for the appointment, and will make an extraordinary addition to the bench with her experience.” He added “Judge Arcand-Kootenay is the first woman from Treaty 6, and the second First Nations woman to be appointed to the bench in Alberta. She joins the four Indigenous judges currently on the Alberta bench, of which three have been appointed in the last three years by the Alberta Minister of Justice.”

The Indigenous Bar Association is a national association comprised of Indigenous lawyers (practicing and non-practicing), legal academics and scholars, articling clerks and law students, including graduate and post-graduate law students. We are mandated to promote the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada and the reform of laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples.

For further information contact Scott Robertson, President of the Indigenous Bar Association at and 705-325- 0520 or visit our website at