The Honourable Leonard S. Mandamin will speak on the introduction of Indigenous law into Federal Court Practice in Canada. Justice Mandamin will focus on two notable examples: the development of Aboriginal Litigation Guidelines and the development of an Aboriginal Dispute Resolution Protocol for Federal Court proceedings. The Aboriginal Litigation Guidelines were developed with participation by Indigenous lawyers, Indigenous law practitioners, federal lawyers and the Federal Court judges and prothonotaries. The Aboriginal Dispute Resolution Protocol for Federal Court proceedings was largely inspired by Indigenous elders.
Justice Mandamin: Justice Leonard S. Mandamin was born in 1944, an Anishnawbe member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Justice Mandamim was educated at University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. - Electrical Engineering 1971), University of Alberta (LL.B. 1982) and called to the Alberta Bar in 1983.
He established the law firm of Mandamin and Associates in 1985 representing First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and individuals. He is the faculty co-ordinator for Aboriginal Justice Seminars at the Banff School of Management and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Native Studies, Commissioner and Chairperson of the Edmonton Police Commission (1991-1995) and President of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.