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Law and Justice (2020)
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, ON
“Every day presents a new challenge and every day in this position I have drawn upon the skills and knowledge gained through my education, my life experiences, and upon traditional teachings of Elders that I have been gifted with over time and that I carry with me.”
Marian Jacko has spent her entire legal career tirelessly working on behalf of children and Indigenous peoples. She raised her eldest child as a single parent while earning three university degrees, including a master’s degree in social work and a law degree. After being called to the Ontario Bar in 1998, she worked with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer as counsel for seventeen years. While working full-time as a lawyer and raising three children, she obtained her Master of Law degree from York University.
In 2015, Marian joined the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of Attorney General. She is currently the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario – the first Indigenous female lawyer to serve in this capacity. She strongly believes in community service, serving on many non-profit organizations’ boards and advisory committees. Currently, Marian is the President of the Little Native Hockey League and President of the Board of Anishnawbe Health of Toronto.