Law & Justice (2017)
Kanehsatake Mohawk Nation, Québec
Kimberly Murray is Mohawk of Kanehsatake. She is the Province of Ontario’s first ever Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Aboriginal Justice and has been in this role since April 1, 2015.
Prior to this position, Murray was the Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, where she worked to ensure that the stories of survivors of Canada’s Indian Residential School system were heard and remembered; and she promoted reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
From 1995 to 2010, Murray was staff lawyer and then Executive Director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada on Aboriginal legal issues. She has acted as counsel or co-counsel on numerous Coroner Inquests, instructed counsel for ALST at the Ipperwash Inquiry, and was co-counsel for ALST at the Goudge Inquiry and the Frank Paul Inquiry in British Columbia.
She is the recipient of the Dianne Martin Medal for Social Justice Through Law, the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Access, Equity, and Human Rights Award, the Law Foundation’s Guthrie Award, and the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Laura Legge Award. She was also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she co-facilitated the Aboriginal Land Resource and Governance Intensive program. Recently, the Indigenous Bar Association granted Kimberly Murray the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (IPC) designation.