January 15, 2018
Maurice Law is proud to announce that Partner Candice Metallic was awarded the Indigenous Bar Association’s (IBA’s) Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (IPC) Designation, an honour recognizing Indigenous lawyers with outstanding achievements in the practice of law, and those who work toward the recognition and development of Indigenous laws and governance. The award was presented to Candice at the IBA’s annual conference in Halifax in October 2017.
Candice describes herself as a mediator between Indigenous and common law, working for First Nations to resolve their historic land claims, protect and exercise inherent rights, and to help build economic and governance capacity.
Called to the Bar in 1997, and having become the first lawyer from her Mi’gmaq community of Listuguj, Candice was part of the team that argued Delgamuukw at the Supreme Court of Canada, a preeminent case on Indigenous land rights.
Over her 20-year career, Candice has worked on many important projects, helping draft the Specific Claims Tribunal Act, contributing to an Independent Review of First Nations on Juries in Ontario with the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, and currently as counsel to Senator Murray Sinclair in the Investigation into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.
As an Indigenous lawyer, Candice believes she has both a personal and sacred responsibility to always act in the best interest of First Nations people and communities. Her IPC designation recognizes Candice’s commitment to this responsibility and her role as a leader within the legal community.
Candice is the 18th person to receive this designation and is both “honoured and humbled” to be part of such an esteemed group of designates.