Batchewana First Nation
Throughout his tenure, Dean has dedicated his life to advancing the interests of Indigenous communities and fiercely advocating for their rights. He is guided by the vision of our ancestors, which encompasses a holistic approach focusing on preserving our language, our lands, our people, and asserting inherent laws, with a primary focus on action-based protection of inherent jurisdiction. Dean’s remarkable career includes serving as one of the lead negotiators for the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 annuities litigation, which resulted in a groundbreaking $10 billion settlement. He was also a strong advocate during the Ontario First Nations’ fight against the proposed HST tax. Dean has been a consistent participant in regional leadership spaces such as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), where he has contributed his experience and insights to the broader Indigenous community.
Brett Campeau & Kate Gunn
First Peoples Law
First Peoples Law is a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples. We work exclusively with Indigenous Peoples to defend their inherent and constitutionally protected title, rights and Treaty rights, uphold their Indigenous laws and governance and ensure economic prosperity for their current and future generations. We use a collaborative, team-based approach to ensure our legal services are high quality and cost effective.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Luke Hunter is a dedicated professional with a lifetime of experience, now working with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN). As a key figure within this political territorial organization, he has contributed significantly to advancing the legitimate, socioeconomic, and political aspirations of 49 First Nation communities in northern Ontario. Luke's steadfast commitment revolves around representing the interests of NAN's First Nation members at various government levels, striving to secure local self-determination and establish spiritual, cultural, social, and economic independence. Through his extensive work with NAN, Luke has played a crucial role in fostering the empowerment and wellbeing of Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario.
Indigenous Climate Action
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.