Annex A: Agenda and Elder and Panelist Biographies

Indigenous and Restorative Justice Approaches
Panel Discussion

Tuesday February 15, 2022 (1:00pm to 3:30pm EST)


1. Welcome remarks and Opening

Marilou Reeve, Justice Canada
Elder Rose Miller

1:00 - 1:15pm
(15 minutes)

2. Panelist Presentations

Moderator Jennifer David, NVision Insight Group
Larry Chartrand, Professor Emeritus of Law
Bruce Manuel, South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program
Nikkutai Folger, Pisiksik Justice Program
Paula Marshall, Mi’kmaw Customary Law Program

1:15 - 2:45pm
(90 minutes)

3. Discussion and Question Period

Moderator Jennifer David, NVision Insight Group

2:45 - 3:15pm
(30 minutes)

4. Closing

Elder Rose Miller

3:15 - 3:30pm
(15 minutes)

Speaker Biographies

Elder Rose Grace Miller is a member of Simpcw First Nations north of Kamloops BC. Born at Canim Lake reserve where my mother was from. My Grandfather was the last Hereditary Chief from there. Survivor of Kamloops Indian Residential School 1949 - 1953 and returned for part of year in 1956. In 1971- 1976, I was a nurse prior to closing of KIRS. Remain a Union Member in Alberta for Construction Worker for 44 years. Trained & Employed: 1998 Life Skills Facilitator & Trainer of Trainers. Justice Programs since 2005- Facilitator/TOT to 2022. First Nations Court - 2013 to 2022. Nechi Training for Addictions Counsellor. Remain on Board of Directors for Thompson Rivers University for Indigenous Health Nursing Research.

Larry Chartrand is a Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Ottawa. He is Michif Métis from the prairies. His area of scholarship is in the field of Indigenous rights and in particular, Métis rights. He obtained his B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in 1986, his LL.B from York University in 1989, and his LL.M. from Queen’s University in 2001. He was Director of the Aboriginal Governance Program and Professor of Politics at the University of Winnipeg from 2004-2007 and more recently the Director of the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan 2017-2019.

Jennifer David has worked in the field of Indigenous communications and consulting for 25 years. Prior to consulting, Jennifer was the Director of Communications for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. A member of Chapleau Cree First Nation, Jennifer is of mixed ancestry and was born and raised in Omushkego/Treaty 9 territory (Northeastern Ontario). Jennifer has degrees in Journalism and English literature from Carleton University. In 2003, Jennifer became a partner and is currently a Senior Consultant with NVision Insight Group, a majority Indigenous-owned consulting company. She manages the development and offerings of NVision’s suite of cultural awareness and cultural competency courses.

Nikkutai Folger is Inuk, originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Nikkutai has a diploma in Community and Justice Services from Algonquin College and is currently finishing her fourth year in the Social Work program at Carleton University. Nikkutai is the Chairperson of the Ikajuriallatiit Restorative Justice Committee at Tunngasuvvingat Inuit (TI) in Ottawa, an agency that provides services to Inuit in Ontario. While much of Nikkuta's work experience is working in the Ottawa Inuit community with Inuit children, youth and families, she is now taking on a role in the Policy Advancement department of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) as a practicum student.

Bruce Manuel is an Okanagan man from the Upper Nicola Band which is a member of the Okanagan Nation. He is the Corrections Liaison Worker with the South Okanagan Restorative Justice Program located at the Enowkin Centre on the Penticton Indian Band Reservation. He is a Traditional Knowledge Keeper and a singer of our songs. He is the father of Brent, Alexa and Eden Rose. He is a believer in the cepitkwl the stories of his people.

Paula Marshall is the Executive Director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network Project. Paula has a long record of being a strong and committed advocate for restorative justice, victim services, court worker programming, regulatory offences and reintegration services operating under the Mi’kmaq Legal support Network. The Mi’kmaq Legal Support network built on the recommendations from the Marshall Inquiry to provide justice support services for Indigenous People involved in the Criminal Justice system, such as Customary Law as a restorative approach, translators in the courtroom, court workers, victim support, develop sentencing circle protocols, reintegrate offenders into communities, and Gladue reports. Paula is also a recent recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.

Marilou Reeve has worked with the Department of Justice Canada since 2001. Prior to joining the Department, Marilou practiced law privately, acting primarily for legally aided clients in criminal and family law proceedings. Marilou is also one of the first restorative justice facilitators of the Collaborative Justice Project, a project that uses a restorative process to respond to matters of serious crime.