OTTAWA, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) celebrates two outstanding female Métis lawyers who were appointed as judges in the Province of Saskatchewan on March 23rd. Mary McAuley to the Provincial Court in La Ronge and Natasha Crooks to the Provincial Court in Saskatoon.
Judge McAuley is Métis from Cumberland House in Northern Saskatchewan and is one of the only fluent nehiyawewin (Cree) speaking Métis female lawyers in the province. Her diverse experiences include representing primarily First Nation and Métis clients, being a Crown Prosecutor and a defence lawyer with legal aid. It is anticipated that these experiences will bring a perspective and awareness to the bench that will be beneficial for all Saskatchewanians, but especially for Indigenous people.
Judge Crooks is Métis and was raised in Southern Saskatchewan. She has been a devoted public servant for much of her legal career. Judge Crooks has also worked in various capacities (including on committees) with the Parole Board of Canada, helping to shape policy and direction of the board, interpreting change and providing leadership and guidance, particularly on Aboriginal issues.
Scott Robertson, President of the IBA, has expressed “huge congratulations to two deserving Métis women, who will no doubt serve their communities very well in the justice system. It is great that Saskatchewan is working toward a more representative bench in their province.” He also noted “there is no doubt that these appointments demonstrate one step in fixing the relationship with Indigenous people in Treaty 6 territory. The IBA looks forward to the work that will be accomplished in advancing justice in that province.”
The IBA is a national association comprised of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) lawyers, legal academics, elders, articling clerks and law students, including graduate and post-graduate law students. The IBA is a not-for-profit federal corporation mandated, amongst other things, to promote the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada, as well as the reform of laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Scott Robertson, President of the Indigenous Bar Association, at: email@example.com