Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq – Is the Crown at War with us?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 12:00pm EST
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Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq – Is the Crown at War with us?

Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Jula Hughes, Dean Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Derek Simon LLP, Burchells Law and Amy Sweet, Lakehead Faculty of Law Alumni 2020

Audience: Open to Public

Tuesday November 3rd, 2020  

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

jula Hughes

Dr. Jula Hughes is the Dean of Law at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. Her research focuses on Aboriginal and treaty rights under s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and judicial ethics. A long-time resident of New Brunswick, Dr. Hughes has had the opportunity to work with Wabanaki communities on self-governance, treaty and harvesting rights. She has also been a collaborator with Indigenous women’s organizations to establish the first helpline in Atlantic Canada for the friends and families of missing Indigenous folks. 



Derek E. Simon

Derek A. Simon, LLP. Derek’s practice is focused in the areas of Aboriginal, Commercial and Environmental Law.  He has worked with a wide range of clients across Atlantic Canada including Aboriginal governments, individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and financial institutions.  Derek advises his clients on various legal issues such as:

  • Consultation, Negotiations and Litigation related to major energy and resource projects, including environmental assessments and impact and benefit agreements;
  • Treaty Implementation, Self-Government and Land Claim negotiations;
  • Economic Development and Taxation; and
  • Governance and Land Management.

He has represented his clients in the courts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador and in Federal Court on issues including Aboriginal rights, Charter rights, consultation and accommodation, and environmental protection.

Derek also dedicates volunteer time to several community organizations. He serves on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Aboriginal Law Section. Derek has written and presented on various topics, including Aboriginal law, taxation and economic development, renewable energy, and protected areas. 

Derek studied business at Wilfrid Laurier University, law at the University of Victoria, and Indigenous law at Victoria University Wellington (New Zealand). He has Certificates in Negotiation from Osgoode Hall Law School and Indigenous Negotiation Skills Training from the Banff Centre.

Amy Sweet

Amy Sweet is a Mi'kmaq woman who graduated from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2020. She is originally from the New Brunswick and is now living in Guelph, Ontario. Amy was recently called to the Bar on Friday, October 30 and is currently setting up a solo practice in the same office that she completed her practice placement in. She will be focusing on Criminal Defence work as well as Wills and Estates.  



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