Lorraine Land


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Lorraine Land is a partner at OKT, and she practices Aboriginal rights and environmental law. She regularly advises Aboriginal clients, and appears before Courts and tribunals, on Aboriginal land rights and claims, Aboriginal consultation issues, impacts and benefits agreements, energy project reviews, and environmental matters.

Lorraine has a Masters of Environmental Studies (with a concentration on Aboriginal co-management regimes), and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Before she was a lawyer, Lorraine worked for various national church and Aboriginal organizations on Aboriginal rights and environmental issues. Prior to re-joining OKT in 2009, Lorraine was Legal Counsel and the Acting Director of Legal Services for the Government of Nunavut, providing legal advice on a wide range of matters to the territorial government, and (as Acting Director) overseeing the provision of civil legal services in the territory.

In 2009, Lorraine received a Gold Key Alumni Award from Osgoode Hall Law School, for exceptional contributions to the legal profession and society, and accomplishment in the field of law. She is a member of the Ontario, Northwest Territories and Nunavut bars, past-chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Nunavut branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and served on the Executive of the Nunavut branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Lorraine currently teaches a course entitled Aboriginal Peoples and Resource Development for Osgoode Law School’s Professional Development Program.  Lorraine is listed as a “frequently recommended” lawyer in the Lexpert Directory.

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  • Lorraine Land, “Wîciwetowin – Walking Together. A Resource Kit on Aboriginal Issues” (Toronto: World Vision and the CJL Foundation, 1998).
  • Lorraine Land, “Aboriginal Rights”, in Who Cares? Political Leadership and the Common Good (Toronto: Citizens for Public Justice, 1997) at 4.
  • Lorraine Land, “Between A Rock and a Hard Place: Voisey’s Bay and the Innu and Inuit” (Spring 1997) Mustard Seed at 7.
  • Lorraine Land, “Handmaidens of Chance: The Government Gambling Addiction” (Winter 1997) Mustard Seed at 6.
  • Lorraine Land, “Recipe for Assimilation or a New Relationship? The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report” (January 1997) 18:8 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “Reflections of an Activist on Aboriginal Issues” (Winter 1996/1997) 6:4 Solidarité at 7.
  • Lorraine Land, “Klondike Fever Returns: The BHP and Voisey’s Bay Mines” (September 1996) 19:5 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “Now What? Holding Canada Together After the Referendum” (February 1996) 19:1 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “Fiscal Theology Wins the Day: Environmental Impact Reports Ignore Native Reality” (May 1995) 18:3 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “The Sacred Path: A Journey of Healing for Canadian Churches and Aboriginal Peoples” (Ottawa: The Aboriginal Rights Coalition, 1995).
  • Lorraine Land, “Lubicon Cree Fight Sour Gas” (December 1994) 17:10 Catalyst at 7.
  • Lorraine Land, “Issues and Concerns Which Should Be Addressed in the Impact Assessment of the Unocal Sour Gas Plant”, November 1994, A Submission to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board on behalf of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (Edmonton).
  • Lorraine Land, “NATO Flights and Native Rights” (March 1994) 17: 2 Catalyst at 7.
  • Lorraine Land, “Powerful Monuments: The Sainte-Marguerite III Dam Project” (September 1993) 16:6 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “Submission from the Aboriginal Rights Coalition”, June 1, 1993, A Submission to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (Ottawa).
  • Lorraine Land, “Common Bonds, Common Struggle: Indigenous Peoples in the 1990′s” (February 1993) 16:1 Catalyst at 1.
  • Lorraine Land, “Healing the Spirit First: The Anishnawbe Health Centre” (May 1992) Solidarité at 3.
  • Lorraine Land, “Bibles and Blockades” in D. Englestad and J. Bird, ed. Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada, 1st ed., (Toronto: Stoddart/Anansi: 1992) at 210.
  • Lorraine Land, The Toolbox for Justice and Stewardship: A Kit for Activists (Toronto: CJL Foundation, 1992).
  • Lorraine Land, “Fifty Two Years of Broken Promises for the Lubicon” (May 1991) Catalyst at 8.