Maggie Wente is a partner at OKT. She is a member of Serpent River First Nation. Maggie has a broad practice serving First Nations governments, their related entities, businesses and not-for-profit corporations. Maggie advises on Treaty and Aboriginal rights in litigation and negotiation, the duty to consult and accommodate, Indian Act matters, reserve land management, and First Nations governance. Maggie also provides employment, labour and human rights advice to OKT’s clients. Maggie has a particular interest in working with her clients to on develop and implement sound governance policies and practices which reflect their traditional laws, as a foundation of self-determining Nations.
Maggie has appeared in courts of appeal and trial-level courts in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Federal Court, as well as before arbitrators and adjudicators in commercial arbitrations, labour arbitrations, and adjudications under the Canada Labour Code.
Maggie graduated from the University of Toronto’s combined LL.B/M.S.W. program and from McGill University (B.A., Philosophy). Maggie is past-President and current Vice-President of the Board of Directors at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She was a Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 2006 to 2015.
Maggie is a member of the Indigenous Bar Association, the Ontario bar and the Newfoundland and Labrador bar.
- "Canada Ordered to Stop Discriminating Against First Nations Children, For the Third Time", OKT Blog, September 15, 2016
- "Self-Government “Lite” – asserting jurisdictions without major constitutional change", with Sarah Colgrove, OKT Blog, June 20, 2016
- "We don’t need one more ride on the merry-go-round: It’s time for fresh ideas", with Michael McClurg and Bryce Edwards, OKT Blog, February 10, 2016
- "Federal proposal for mining, oil and gas companies to disclose payments to Aboriginal governments would affect IBAs", OKT Blog, April 29, 2014
- Presentation, “Establishing Indigenous Administrative Tribunals”, October 5, 2013, Indigenous Bar Association 2013 Fall Conference.
- "A Victory for First Nations Children: Jordan’s Principle Recognized"
- Conference Co-Chair, “Aboriginal Economic Development: The Legal Toolbox – Theory and Practice (Part II)”, November 15, 2012, Ontario Bar Association Conference.
- Maggie Wente, “Case Comment: NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services Society v BCGEU and CEP v Native Child and Family Services of Toronto” (2011) 10:1 Indigenous LJ.
- Presentation, “Natural Resources, Mining, and Consultation”, October 24, 2008, Indigenous Bar Association 2008 Fall Conference.
- Presentation, “Natural Resources and Mining Act: Injunctions and Community Responsibility”, October 24, 2008, Indigenous Bar Association 2008 Fall Conference.
- Presentation (with John A. Olthuis), “Land Access and Sustainable Development”, December 10, 2007, Insight Information Aboriginal Energy Forum.
- Maggie Wente (with Kate Kempton) “‘Rule of Law’ Concept Should Apply to All Parties”, The Lawyers Weekly, September 22, 2006, Lexis Nexis Canada Inc.
- Maggie Wente (with Veena Verma), “Systemic Remedies to Address Institutional Racism: Lessons Learned from McKinnon v. Ontario (Ministry of Correctional Services)”, June 4, 2002, Toronto: Cavalluzzo, Shilton, McIntyre Cornish.
- Senior Editor, Indigenous Law Journal, (2002) 1 Indigenous LJ.
- Maggie Wente, “Urban Aboriginal Homelessness in Canada” (2000) University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.