About our Keynote Speaker

Aimée Craft

B.A. (L.-Ph.) (University of Manitoba), LL.B. (University of Ottawa), LL.M. (University of Victoria).

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer from Manitoba. Her recent book entitled Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective.

In her legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, she has worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, consultation, human rights and governance issues. Aimée is the Past Chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and was appointed to the Speaker’s Bureau of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. In 2011 she was the recipient of the Indigenous Peoples and Governance Graduate Research Scholarship.

She is a Sessional Lecturer and Research Affiliate at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, and has lectured at other Universities and presented at conferences in the areas of Consultation and Accommodation, Treaties, Indigenous Laws, Language Rights, and Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. In 2011 she completed an interdisciplinary Masters in Law and Society at the University of Victoria. Her Pro Bono work includes participation in the development of Federal Court Practice Guidelines for Aboriginal Law Matters, including Oral History and Elders Evidence. In 2009, she successfully argued on behalf of language rights advocates in the first entirely French hearing at the Manitoba Court of Appeal.

In 2015 the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation announced Aimée Craft as its Director of Research. In her position as Director of Research, Craft will conduct her own original research related to Canada’s Residential School system, its legacy and reconciliation. Craft will also encourage and stimulate other academics and community researchers to conduct research on related such subjects, and to disseminate relevant knowledge through the NCTR. She is fluently bilingual, which is a further step forward in the efforts of the Centre to be truly national, providing services and content in both official languages.

Aimée is proud of her ancestors, their legacy and the teachings they have gifted to her and others. She is especially thankful for her family, immediate and extended, and for the land that she belongs to.

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