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Dianne Corbiere

Law & Justice (2019)

M’Chigeeng First Nation, ON

From humble beginnings growing up on M’Chigeeng First Nation, Dianne Corbiere has now received national recognition for her leadership and achievements in Indigenous law and was the first Indigenous person named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2016, she was elected to serve as a bencher for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). She has dedicated her time at the LSO to many working groups and review panels, such as the Working Group formed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to decide how best to respond to the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation report. In 2016, she worked with a legal team on the first case in Ontario to apply Anishinaabe laws and legal orders in treaty interpretation of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. She is also the former president of the Indigenous Bar Association and former chair of the National Secretariat Against Hate and Racism in Canada.