The IBA applauds the appointment of Michelle R. Brass to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court

OTTAWA, ON – Judge Brass’ appointment to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, on November 23, 2018, is celebrated by all members of the Indigenous Bar Association.

Judge Brass is a Saulteaux woman from the Peepeekisis First Nation of the Treaty 4 Territory of Saskatchewan.  In 1997, she received a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and began her career as a lawyer with the Ministry of Justice.  Judge Brass went on to work with Justice Canada, the Indian Specific Claims Commission, Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and in her own practice, Brass Law Office.

Judge Brass brought her significant insight and understanding of the cultural and legal jurisdictional differences between First Nations, provinces, Canada and other countries when she taught at the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre, of the College of Law, at the University of Saskatchewan. A pedagogue, Judge Brass also managed the Gladue Awareness Project in Saskatchewan where she addressed the over-incarceration of Aboriginal people. While her focus was within a provincial context, her work has been wide reaching and is known across the Country.

Students from the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre were thrilled to hear of her appointment. “Judge Brass is a proud and down to earth individual” said Tyler Gervais, first year law student at the University of Saskatchewan and Metis representative on the National Indigenous Law Student Association. “This is an amazing appointment for Saskatchewan and has certainly encouraged myself and many others” noted Tyler.

The Indigenous Bar Association is a national association comprised of Indigenous lawyers (practicing and non-practicing), legal academics and scholars, articling clerks and law students, including graduate and post-graduate law students. We are mandated to promote the advancement of legal and social justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada and the reform of laws and policies affecting Indigenous peoples.

For further information, contact Scott Robertson, President of the Indigenous Bar Association at srobertson@indigenousbar.ca and 705-325- 0520 or visit our website at www.indigenousbar.ca.