M’CHIGEENG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed the appointment of Ontario Judge Michel Obonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada on August 26. Ontario Chief of Staff Glenn Hare and Marion Jacko are Ontario children’s attorneys and serve as Ontario’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General. (Bureau of Indigenous Justice) was one of many who congratulated Judge Obonsawin on being the first Indigenous justice to sit on the nation’s highest bench.
“She was the first ever Indigenous judge and an Indigenous woman and is proud to recognize this historic achievement.
“This is absolutely fantastic news,” said Acting Deputy Attorney General Jacko. “I think there’s always a need to have women, especially indigenous women, in leadership positions. It’s amazing.”
Judge Obonsawin appears before the Supreme Court after serving five years on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (OSCJ) in Ottawa. When she was appointed to the OSCJ in 2017, she was the court’s first indigenous female judge. Judge Obonsawin teaches law at the University of Ottawa and served as legal counsel for Royal Ottawa Health Care Group for eight years. She has experience in labor, employment, mental health, indigenous law, and the Gladue Principles.
The new Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is a fluent, bilingual Franco-Ontarian and a member of the Abenaki tribe of Odanak First Nation. She grew up in Hammer and did her undergraduate studies at Laurentian College in Sudbury. She recalled the adversity her family experienced when growing up as a young indigenous outside the reserve. “My lack of respect for my father and family affected me as I grew up,” she said. “My childhood was not a privileged one.”
She says her experience as a French-speaking Indigenous woman, parent, lawyer, academic, and judge has given her a living understanding of Canada’s diversity, because “I and my life experience are part of that diversity.” My background is a clear example of the intersecting diversity that makes this country so special to me and my family.”
“From my experience, I have learned that discrimination is an ongoing reality in Canada, but my ability to contribute to our country and create a more inclusive society, not to mention a just and just society for all. It has taught me that I can help create a better society,” she said. .
Judge Obongsawin said she wanted to inspire young indigenous and non-indigenous women to follow their dreams. “I come from a very small country, and they said, ‘Michelle, you’re from a small town in northern Ontario, so you can’t be a lawyer,'” she said. “But at the end of the day, if you work hard and put your mind to it, you can do what you want.”
She hopes young people, including Indigenous women, will realize that anything is possible if they set their minds to it.
Her cultural background influences her decisions, but she maintains objectivity in her work, Justice Obongsawin said. “First I am a Judge, later an Indigenous, a Mother, a Franco-Ontarian,” she told parliamentarians. I think it’s my voice, my life experiences, but also my background as someone who has worked in the fields of mental health law, indigenous peoples issues, labor and employment, and human rights.”
During the session, Judge Obongsawin said that while indigenous legal traditions would inform her views, she was only one of nine. she said. “I bring my background as an Indigenous mother of two sons and everything that comes with all my background. I bring these traditions and my legacy to the table.”
Justice Obonsawin attends the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights August 24, citing her most important contribution to the pursuit of law and justice in Canada, supporting all those involved in the justice and mental health systems. said to be an effort. A particular focus is on indigenous peoples. “The judiciary strives to clarify legal issues in order to establish an inclusive and compassionate legal system for Indigenous, Inuit and Métis,” she said.
“As an Indigenous woman growing up in Northern Ontario, I realized that dedicated individuals needed a strong and representative voice for those who could not speak their minds,” she said in August. He spoke to parliamentarians during a question-and-answer session on the 24th. “As a child, it was my dream and aspiration to become a lawyer. During this journey, I have put down roots in the Odanak indigenous people.”
Justice Minister and Canadian Attorney General David Rameti told the commission that the appointment was important to Indigenous peoples and that she would improve the “content of the legal decision” from the Supreme Court.
“Frankly, it is very important that indigenous peoples can see themselves within the colonial system,” he said. It’s very important to reflect, but it’s also very important for everyone else across the system to know that this is possible.”
“This is a huge achievement for Judge Obonsawin,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glenn Hare. “With over 20 years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge, judicial experience and commitment. We are confident she will bring invaluable contributions and insights to the Supreme Court of Canada. On behalf of the , we wish Judge Obongsawin all the support and good luck.”
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner welcomed Justice Obonsawin’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. “Justice Obonsawin is a respected legal scholar in the fields of mental health, indigenous peoples, labor and employment law,” he said. “Throughout her career as an attorney and judge, she has proven herself to be conviction, conscientious and hardworking.My colleagues and I welcome the first indigenous members of the Court. I am very happy to hear that.
Judge O’Bonsawin’s appointment is effective September 1 and will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Michael Modaver. Chief Justice Wagner will be sworn in by Justice Obongsawin in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court on the same day. Another welcome ceremony will be held in November.