Episode 21: Remodeling Canadian Legal Traditions, Part 2: The Anishinaabe Perspective

Access to Justice, Indigenous Peoples – May 2021

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Episode 21: Remodeling Canadian Legal Traditions, Part 2: The Anishinaabe Perspective
Broadcast Date: May 20, 2021


Same words, different concepts. We seem to be using the same words, but in fact, they bear a different meaning. The concept of mother, the interpretation of treaty, personhood: where is the common understanding? Can we understand and adapt legal concepts like spiritual law and human law? In this podcast, we will hear from the Honourable P. Colleen Suche, a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, who is also Vice-President of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and University of Ottawa Faculty of Common law Professor Aimée Craft, who will share the Anishinaabe perspective.

Note: This podcast is an excerpt from CIAJ’s 2017 annual conference, which focused on Cultural and Religious Diversity in the Administration of Justice. The next annual conference, on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, will take place in Vancouver from November 17 to 19, 2021.



The Honourable Justice P. Colleen Suche has been a member of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba since 2002. She has been involved in a number of access to justice initiatives, as a member of the National Action Committee on Access to Civil and Family Justice, Chairperson of the Access to Justice Committee of the Superior Courts Judges Association; and while on a study leave in 2010-11 helped establish The Legal Help Centre, a free community legal clinic in Winnipeg. Prior to joining the court, she served as an adjudicator under the Human Rights Code of Manitoba, labour arbitrator, and chairperson of the Mental Health Review Board of Manitoba. She also serves as CIAJ’s First Vice-President.

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer (Anishinaabe-Métis), an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa and an Adjunct Professor in Law at the University of Manitoba. Her expertise is in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law. She is an internationally recognized leader in the area of Indigenous laws, treaties and water. She prioritizes Indigenous-lead and interdisciplinary research, including visual arts and film, co-leads a series of major research grant on Decolonizing Water Governance and works with many Indigenous nations and communities on Indigenous relationships with and responsibilities to nibi (water). She plays an active role in international collaborations relating to transformative memory in colonial contexts and relating to the reclamation of Indigenous birthing practices as expressions of territorial sovereignty.

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