Professor Brenda Gunn, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Joëlle Pastora-Sala, Staff Lawyer, Public Interest Law Centre
Shoshanna Paul, Associate, TDS Law
In this joint MBA Legal Research Section and Faculty of Law event, panelists will draw on their experience to discuss both theoretical and practical approaches to researching Indigenous law. Professor Brenda Gunn will provide a theoretical context for the ensuing discussion.
Joëlle Pastora-Sala will discuss the importance of recognizing our inherent biases in our legal work and research and will reflect on some of the lessons learned in working with First Nations clients as a non-First Nations person. Drawing on her work representing the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs at the Supreme Court of Canada, she will provide practical tools for practitioners to apply in their work.
Shoshanna will describe her work with First Nation governments in developing and implementing laws through the Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management, the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests of Rights Act and other sources and she will discuss how Indigenous laws can be incorporated into Canadian law.