Senwung Luk

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Senwung Luk is a Partner at OKT. He has appeared in different levels of court and tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada and various courts of appeal, representing Indigenous clients fighting for their rights. He specializes in the protection of sacred spaces and cultural sites, in asserting treaty rights, in on-reserve service delivery, and in the duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities. He is also an expert in the Crown's fiduciary obligations to Indigenous peoples and has published in peer-reviewed academic journals on that topic.

 

Senwung received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he won awards for highest standing in Aboriginal law, civil liberties, and constitutional law courses. He served as law clerk to Mr. Justice John Evans of the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada. Senwung also received a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford, where he wrote a master’s dissertation on the constitutional protection of Aboriginal self-government rights. Senwung did his undergraduate studies at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics.

 

While in law school, Senwung took part in the Intensive Program on Aboriginal Lands, Resources, and Governments, where he worked on a team negotiating a self-government agreement as part of a modern treaty. He was also a senior editor at the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

 

Senwung is a member of the Ontario bar.

Representative Work

  • Represented the Shibogama First Nations Council in the Supreme Court of Canada, in defence of the protection of Indigenous sacred spaces as Charter rights
  • Represented the Innu Nation before the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Utilities Board to ensure fair electricity rates for their communities
  • Represented the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in defence of their right to be consulted about energy projects that affect their harvesting rights
  • Led the expert selection process for a large land claim litigation

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