Lawyer Kimberly Murray lauded for public service

Posted: 12/10/2014

Guthrie AwardThe Law Foundation of Ontario recently named Kimberly Murray the recipient of its annual award recognizing outstanding public service as a lawyer.

Treasurer Janet E. Minor joined the LFO in congratulating Murray, who is well-known for her commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal people, as the winner of the 2014 Guthrie Award.

“Kimberly Murray is an exemplar of public service. We are humbled by the sincerity and consistency of her dedication to helping others access justice,” Treasurer Minor said.

“As the Law Society embarks on a renewal of its Aboriginal strategy, we are inspired by the leadership of people like Kimberly. Congratulations on a well-deserved award.”

Ms. Murray is a member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation and the executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).

Through her work, Murray strives to ensure that the stories of the close to 150,000 former students of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools system are heard and remembered.

The goal is to inspire both Aboriginal people and Canadians in a process of reconciliation, renewing relationships based on the truth, mutual understanding and respect.

Prior to joining the TRC, Murray was executive director of Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto.

She joined ALST as a staff lawyer shortly after her call to the Bar and established her reputation for perseverance, commitment to social justice and ethical lawyering in her more than 15 years with the organization.

Margaret Froh, a Métis lawyer, nominated Ms. Murray for the award and described her as unwavering in her devotion to the advancement of human rights and access to justice for Aboriginal people.

“She fights tirelessly to promote a fair and just application of the rule of law in Canada.”

Mark. J. Sandler, LFO chair, was equally emphatic about Murray’s accomplishments, calling her an “exceptional community leader and advocate for Aboriginal access to justice with a two-decade history of dedication to this cause.”

Murray is the co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments.

Murray also sits on the Board of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted and serves on both the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee and the Law Society’s Aboriginal Working Group and Equity Advisory Group.