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Pink Larkin adds lawyer

Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 11:43 AM | By John Chunn


Pink Larkin Lawyers announced that Jim Michael has joined the Halifax firm and will advocate on behalf of the firm’s First Nations clients.

According to Pink Larkin's press release, Michael is a member of Sipekne’katik and has dedicated his career to furthering the rights and interests of First Nation communities. With more than 25 years experience practising Aboriginal law, Michael has become a trusted resource on First Nation legal issues.

He served as director of the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre in Sipekne’katik from 1996 to 2003. Prior to that role, he was manager of the provincewide Traditional Use Study and co-manager of the Aboriginal Title Project (ATP), a joint initiative of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq.

He was also elected to two terms on the Sipekne’katik Band Council.

Michael has presented on treaties and land claims on the national level, including to the Canadian Polar Commission and the Algonquin Conference. He was a member of the Chiefs’ Committee on Claims from 1996 to 2003 (now the Chiefs Committee on Lands, Territories and Resources), an Advisory Committee of the Assembly of First Nations.

When he was called to the bar in 1993, Michael became the first Mi’kmaq lawyer in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society honoured him for this landmark in 2008, commissioning his portrait to hang in the law courts in Halifax.