Indigenous leaders call on Lakehead to rescind appointment of interim Law dean

May 8, 2018

Following Angelique EagleWoman’s resignation from Lakehead University’s law school, CBC reports that Indigenous leaders are speaking out against Lakehead’s decision to appoint Justice George Patrick Smith as the interim Dean. Smith reportedly sentenced Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris and five Councillors to six months in jail for their refusal to grant the mining company Plantinex access to their territory ten years ago. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox told APTN that the law school’s Indigenous partners should have been consulted about the appointment. “He's definitely not an expert in Aboriginal issues,” Morris added. Lakehead stated that it will not comment until it reaches out to Indigenous leaders about the appointment. CBC | APTN