Roger Jones – recipient of the Native Law Centre’s Distinguished Aboriginal Lawyer Achievement Award

The Native Law Centre is pleased to present the Distinguished Aboriginal Lawyer Achievement Award to Roger Jones, Senior Legal Advisor to the Assembly of First Nations. This prestigious continental honour is presented every decade to an Aboriginal lawyer who exemplifies the best practices and recognizes significant career achievements . These peer-based awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding talented individuals who have carried out their legal skills at the highest professional level, who have demonstrated how the legal system can be utilized to push the barriers in society, who use the law in ways to improve Aboriginal livelihoods, and who can be models for young Aboriginal lawyers. These are lawyers who give meaning to the profession’s values – lawyers whose careers are a challenge to those who follow.

The Award will be presented in association with the Kawaskimhom 2005 , the annual National Aboriginal Rights Law Moot. The award ceremony will be Friday night, March 4, at the Banquet of the Kawaskimhom 2005 at the Delta Bessborough. Roger Jones will be presenting the keynote lecture at the Banquet.

Roger Jones from the Sagamok Anishnabek First Nation receives this award for his achievements in negotiations, dispute resolution, human rights, and policy. Also the award is based on his broader, contemplative and multi-faceted role of legal counselor to Aboriginal organizations. It recognizes his solid legal skills, competencies and determination to represent First Nations in Canada . He has enhanced the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and service to Aboriginal peoples. He has achieved results that have a far-reaching national impact and improved the relationship between the legal profession and Aboriginal peoples. He has created a strong mentoring system for young Aboriginal lawyers and was the first president of the Indigenous Bar Association.

The past recipient in 1995 was Mario Gonzales of the Lakota Nation.

The Native Law Centre is a nationally recognized centre for the advancement of Native Law. We are proud to be associated with this award and the sound values it represents.