Larry Chartrand recognized for advancing Indigenous rights

Posted: 05/25/2017

Larry ChartrandThe Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Professor Larry Chartrand the Law Society Medal at its annual awards ceremony on May 24th, 2017.

Professor Chartrand is widely recognized for his work advancing Aboriginal and Métis rights.

“Law has the capacity to be a powerful agent for change, but only if we are aware of its flaws and weaknesses,” he said at the ceremony.

Called to the Bar in 1991, he has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 1994.

A leader and an innovator in the study of Aboriginal Law, he is also one of Canada’s leading scholars on Métis constitutional rights.

Professor Chartrand has dedicated his career to developing educational initiatives, law, and policy that have significant impact on recognition and respect for Indigenous rights and access to justice. He has challenged Canada’s academic and governmental institutions to be more inclusive.

The Law Society Medal is awarded to Ontario lawyers for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession.

Eleven exceptional members of the legal professions were honoured by the Law Society on May 24th.