Indigenous Rights Litigator Jean Teillet

Jan 17, 2024 - 5:30 pm at Zoom

Jean Teillet will speak about her career in a question and answer session, which will also involve a discussion of the importance to her work of legal history. Jean has been litigator in the areas of Indigenous rights, including Métis rights, and in reproductive health law.  Jean holds LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Toronto and is Counsel to Pape Salter Teillet. Among other notable cases she was lead counsel before the Supreme Court in R. v. Powley, a landmark Métis rights case. She was also the founder of the Métis Nation of Ontario, and the author of a very well-researched history of Red River: The Northwest is our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel’s People, the Métis Nation, which was shortlisted for the Canadian Law and Society Association’s annual Book Prize. She holds honorary doctorates from two Canadian universities and from the Law Society of Ontario. She was a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and of the Lincoln Alexander Award for Community Service given by the Law Society of Ontario.