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Queen's University

Ontario's Approach to Aboriginal Relationships, Reconciliation, and Socio-Economic Progress

October 6, 2011

Lori SterlingLori Sterling is the Deputy Minister, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. In this capacity, she has responsibility for supporting and coordinating the government's strategic priorities to improve the social and economic well-being of Aboriginal peoples and communities across Ontario.

Prior to this appointment, Lori was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General - Legal Services Division, in the Ministry of the Attorney General. There she oversaw a large division that provided legal advice and litigation services to government and its agencies, boards and tribunals. As well, she was responsible for amendments to and the implementation of the Civil Remedies Act. She championed government-wide coordination of legal services in areas such as Aboriginal law, corporate/commercial law and prosecutions.

Lori has also been Legal Director of the Crown Law Office-Civil, MAG, Legal Director (acting) for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Culture and Citizenship, and Team Lead/Counsel in MAG's Constitutional Law Branch. She has provided legal advice on Aboriginal matters in the OPS since 1988. She has also litigated numerous Aboriginal and Charter of Rights cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition, Lori sits on the Board of the Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy Institute and is the author of numerous published articles on Aboriginal law. Lori teaches constitutional law at the University of Windsor Law School and at the National Judicial Institute.

Lori holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from Cambridge University and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Toronto Law School.


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