Delia Opekokew      – Photo by Tim Fraser for The Law Society of Upper Canada

Delia Opekokew – Photo by Tim Fraser for The Law Society of Upper Canada

Delia Opekokew received the 2013 Law Society Medal at an awards ceremony at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on May 29. A renowned leader of the Indigenous Bar, she organized residential school survivors to press for recognition of their claims. Opekokew is the first Aboriginal woman to be called to the Bars of Ontario (1979) and Saskatchewan (1983). The Law Society medal is presented annually to lawyers in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession. She is one of this year’s seven medal recipients.