The Honourable Leonard S. Mandamin
Credit: Jean-Marc Carisse
Born in 1944, an Anishnawbe member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Educated at University of Waterloo (B.A.Sc. - Electrical Engineering 1971), University of Alberta (LL.B. 1982). Called to the Alberta Bar in 1983. Established the law firm of Mandamin and Associates in 1985 representing First Nations, aboriginal organisations and individuals. Appeared as counsel before the Alberta Queen’s Bench and Provincial Courts and before the Supreme Court of Canada (R. v. Badger), Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (R. v. Wolfe) and the Indian Claims Commission (Cold Lake First Nations Claim). Faculty Co-ordinator for Aboriginal Justice Seminars at the Banff School of Management and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Native Studies. Chairperson of the Edmonton Police Commission (1991-1995) and President of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, Alberta (1990). Provincial Court judge in the Calgary Criminal Division of the Provincial Court of Alberta (1999 - 2007). Presided in the Tsuu T’ina Court which involved a First Nation peacemaker justice initiative and in the Siksika Court at Siksika which also involved traditional aboriginal mediation. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, April 27, 2007. Address: Federal Court, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0H9.