First Nations object to Lakehead’s choice of interim dean

THUNDER BAY, Ont.- First Nations leaders are calling on a northern Ontario university to rescind the appointment of a provincial judge as interim dean of the institution’s law school, saying he sentenced several Indigenous leaders to prison for protecting their lands. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s deputy grand chief calls Justice George Patrick Smith’s appointment at Lakehead University “an insult.’’ Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox says Smith sentenced Chief Donny Morris and five members of the Kitchenumaykoosib Inninuwug Council to prison in 2008 during the community’s fight to protect their traditional territory from mining activity. Smith’s appointment comes just weeks after Angelique EagleWoman, the first female Indigenous dean of a Canadian law school, resigned. NAN says EagleWoman cited issues of systemic racism within the university for her departure. A Lakehead spokesperson…

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