Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2022

Rosalie Francis is a citizen of the Mi’kmaq Nation and a member of the Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq Community. Rosalie is a staunch advocate in Indigenous rights and Indigenous self- determination and has spent most of her professional career pursuing the recognition of such. She has extensive experience working with the Mi’kmaq communities in the Atlantic region and has worked closely with Mi’kmaq leadership for many years, providing advice and support in governance development, the duty to consult, and Aboriginal Rights. Rosalie currently operates a solo law practice – RFrancis Law- and has developed a solid practice specializing in Aboriginal law and serving Indigenous clients. Her area of practice includes Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, with a strong background on the duty to consult, Crown engagement, governance development, environmental law, specific land claims, international law and employment law. Rosalie’s recent practice saw her extensively involved in negotiations with Canada on the Mi’kmaq’s exercise of their livelihood Treaty right to fish. In 2021, she also spearheaded a human rights complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, (“CERD”) regarding Canada’s human rights violations against Mi’kmaq Indigenous people in the exercise of their Aboriginal and Treaty rights Rosalie M. RFrancis Law Francis Qualifications • L.L.M. (Osgoode Law School, 2022) • LL.B. (Dalhousie University, 2015) • M.A. (Saint Mary’s University, 2003) Professional Activities & Affiliations • Member, Canadian Bar Association • Member, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society • Member, Law Society of New Brunswick • Member, NS Aboriginal Law Group • Former Co-Chair, CBA Aboriginal Law Group • Former Board Member, East Coast Environmental Law • Former Chair – Membertou Elders Advisory Committee Personal, Community & Volunteer Activities • Board member – Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary’s University Awards and Achievements • Donald Marshall Jr. Award, Schulich School of Law Publications • Canada’s Response to Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and Treaty Fishing Rights: Reconciliation or Legal Colonial Oppression? Ocean Yearbook Law Journal • Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Protocol, 2nd Edition, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, 2014 • Mi’kmaq Resource Guide, 1st and 2nd Editions, UNSI, CMM and NCNS. • M.A. Thesis, The Mi’kmaw Nation and the Embodiment of Mi’kmaw Ideologies: Ni’kmaq, Protocol and Treaty Negotiations of the Eighteenth Century, Saint Mary’s University, October, 2003. Specialization/Areas of Expertise: • Aboriginal Law; • Duty to Consult; • Specific Land Claims; • B.A. (Dalhousie University, 1993) • Bar Admission: Nova Scotia, 2016 • Bar Admission: New Brunswick, 2016 • Indigenous Governance; • Indigenous International Law; • Employment Law About Rosalie Francis 110 CANADA Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2022 ABORIGINAL LAW LAWYER OF THE YEAR

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