Treaties Recognition Week - Opening Ceremony
with Guest Speaker Tracey O'Donnell
Monday, November 7th, 2022
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Opening - Elder Gene Nowegejick
Welcome remarks - David Barnett, Provost & Vice President (Academic)
Chief Ted Williams Chippewas of Rama First Nation
Councillor Michele Solomon Fort William First Nation
Guest Speaker: Tracey O'Donnell
Chief Negotiator Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement (ANEA)
Marie Elena (Tracey) O’Donnell is member of Red Rock Indian Band. She has practiced law in Ontario for over 27 years. Her practice is focused entirely on providing legal services to First Nations, their members, and their organizations – both on- and off-reserve. Tracey supported the Anishinabek First Nations in the negotiation and ratification of the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement – the largest self-government in Canada due to the number of First Nations that signed the agreement and the first self-government agreement in Ontario. Tracey is currently working with the Anishinabek First Nations on the implementation of the Anishinabek Nation Child Well-Being Law and the establishment of the Anishinabek Child Well-Being System established by the First Nations under their inherent jurisdiction. She is also part of the Anishinabek negotiations team supporting the tripartite self-government agreement among the Anishinabek First Nations, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. Tracey has worked with First Nations across Canada to support community and capacity development. She argued on behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and LEAF in the first Indian residential school case that reached the Supreme Court of Canada - Blackwater v. Plint. Tracey was an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada, from 2003 to 2007 – the first aboriginal woman elected since the Law Society was founded in 1797. Tracey has volunteered on a variety of community-based committees and Boards of Directors. Tracey earned her Honours B.A. in Political Science from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and her L.L.B./J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto. Tracey is the proud mother of three children, aged 15, 18, and 22.
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