Leonard S Mandamin

The first First Nation person and Graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law to be appointed Judge on any level, including Provincial Court Judge and Judge of the Federal Court

Born 1944, an Anishnawbe member of the Wikwemikong Unseeded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario

  • 1971 - B.A.Sc. – Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo

  • 1982 – LL.B, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

  • 1983 called to the Alberta Bar

  • 1985 Established law firm of Mandamin and Associates, representing First Nations, aboriginal organizations and individuals

  • Appeared as counsel before the Alberta Queen’s Bench and Provincial Courts and before the Supreme Court of Canada (R v. Badger), Saskatchewan Court of Appeal (R v. Wolfe) and the Indian Claims Commission (Cold Lake First Nations Claim)

  • Faculty Co-ordinator for Aboriginal Justice Seminars at the Banff School of Management

  • Adjunct Professor at the University Alberta School of Native Studies

  • 1991 – 1995 Chairperson for the Edmonton Police Commission

  • 1990 President of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, Alberta

  • 1999 – 2007 Provincial Court judge in the Calgary Criminal Division of the Provincial Court of Alberta

  • Presided in the Tsuu T’ina Court which involved a First Nation peacemaker justice initiative and in the Siksika Court at Siksika which

  • 2007 Appointed Judge of the Federal Court and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal