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(Center) Jean Teillet, M¨¦tis lawyer and recipient of IPC Award, (left) Jason Madden,
M¨¦tis lawyer, (right) MNO President Gary Lipinski.
Ottawa, ON --- M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski, on behalf of Ontario M¨¦tis, offered his congratulations to M¨¦tis lawyer Jean Teillet for being awarded the designation of Indigenous Peoples¡¯ Council (IPC) by the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA). Jean has been legal counsel for the MNO since its creation in the early 1990s.
The IPC is awarded annually to an Indigenous lawyer in recognition of outstanding achievements in the practice of law. In particular, the IPC award takes into account the manner in which the individual pursues the goals and objectives of the IBA and serves his or her community and the Creator with honour and integrity. Previous designations include: Wilton Littlechild, Roberta Jamieson, Paul Chartrand, David Nahwegahbow, Delia Opekokew, James [S¨¢k¨¦j] Youngblood Henderson, Don Worme, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafonde, Roger Jones, Darlene Johnson, Mark Stevenson and Justice Murray Sinclair.
Jean was acknowledged for her well-known legal work on behalf of Aboriginal peoples generally and the M¨¦tis people specifically. ?Just some of her work includes:
MNO President Lipinski said, ¡°I am pleased to see the Indigenous Bar recognize Jean for her passion and groundbreaking work on behalf of the M¨¦tis Nation and other Aboriginal peoples in this country. ?It is a designation that is well-deserved, and I am proud that the M¨¦tis Nation¡¯s own lawyer was recognized amongst other exceptional legal minds.¡±
The M¨¦tis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage who played an instrumental role in shaping Canada, and who work tirelessly with their fellow Canadians to share their culture, traditions and knowledge of the environment. The MNO represents M¨¦tis citizens and communities throughout the province of Ontario.See ALL news articles