Ontario Superior Court Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin is the first Indigenous Justice to be nominated to the Supreme Court. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the nomination this morning.
O’Bonsawin comes to the court with a seasoned legal career, which includes 5 years as a Ontario Superior Court Justice, 8 years serving as the general council for the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, as well as experience working in legal services for RCMP and Canada Post. She also teaches law at the University of Ottawa.
Michelle O’Bonsawin was born in Hanmer, Ontario, and is an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation. She will fill the vacancy left by Justice Michael Moldaver, who is set to retire in September.