Episode 40: The Application of Gladue Principles beyond the Criminal Law Context

Indigenous Peoples – Nov 2021

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Episode 40: The Application of Gladue Principles beyond the Criminal Law Context
Broadcast Date: November 29, 2021


Megan Vis-Dunbar, a Liaison Lawyer and the Manager of Local Libraries at Courthouse Libraries BC, is interviewing the Honourable Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on the themes of Gladue principles in a mental health context, child protection, and more.

This podcast was recorded at CIAJ’s 45th Annual Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, as a complement to Panel six on “Canada’s Treatment of Indigenous Offenders.”


Madam Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin is fluently bilingual. She is an Abenaki member of the Odanak band and the first Indigenous judge named to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. She is originally from the Sudbury region. Prior to joining the Superior Court of Justice, she was General Counsel at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and previously Counsel at the Canada Post Corporation. Madam Justice O’Bonsawin practiced in the areas of mental health, labour, employment, human rights and privacy law. She has also taught part-time at the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law program.

Madam Justice O’Bonsawin is a frequent guest speaker on issues of mental health law, Gladue principles, labour and privacy law. She received her LL.M. (Health) at Osgoode Hall in 2014 and will complete her PhD at the University of Ottawa where she received her LL.B. from the French Common Law program.

Madam Justice O’Bonsawin was awarded the Rising Star Award by Lexpert Magazine, recognizing her as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. In May 2019, she was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society.


Megan Vis-Dunbar is a Liaison Lawyer and the Manager of Local Libraries. She provides training for members of the legal community on the use of our information resources and in particular, our online collections. Megan is also responsible for our 22 Local Library locations. She holds a BCL and LL.B. from McGill University and has over 10 years of experience practicing as a lawyer.

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