By Leah Ching, Editor-in-Chief
First graduates of the Bora Laskin called to the bar.
History was made last week, as Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law graduates were called to the bar. The thirty-six lawyers are the University’s inaugural graduating class. Dean Angelique EagleWoman participated in the call to the bar, along with Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief, Alvin Fiddler, who was also given an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the Law Society of Upper Canada. “These graduates represent the realization of the dream to provide legal education in the North,” said EagleWoman. “It was thrilling to witness this final step for their entry into the legal profession in Ontario.” These new lawyers represent the first graduating class of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law – Canada’s newest law school. Having gone through their studies with a particular focus on Northern Ontario, these new layers are now fully equipped to enter the legal profession.
Commitment made to truth and reconciliation at Lakehead.
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux has been appointed as Lakehead University’s Chair on Truth and Reconciliation. Having served since 2013 as the University’s Vice-Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux will now advocate for Truth and Reconciliation within Lakehead, the larger community, and at provincial and national levels. Also, starting this year, Lakehead’s new and unique Indigenous content requirement is in effect for students starting their undergraduate programs. “These efforts show that Lakehead University is leading the way when it comes to educating students about Aboriginal issues and Canada’s past,” said Lakehead’s President, Dr. Brian Stevenson. “We will continue to lead the way with advocacy and assistance from Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux.”
Local group advocates for more women in politics.
The Paro Centre for Women’s Enterprise, in conjunction with local group, Women in Politics, is showing dedication and commitment to encouraging and fostering more women’s entrance into the political realm. Women in Politics, comprised of over 40 individuals, encourages participation and voice for women in all levels of government through events, networking, and one-on-one mentorship. The group is dedicated to seeing more leadership by women on municipal councils, legislatures, and in parliament. The group hosted a luncheon on September 23rd, and featured a speech from the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women. Sharing experiences and hardships in campaigning and in her work, the minister offered an afternoon of learning, encouragement, and advice for women that want to join politics.