Karen Restoule

Karen Restoule

 TORONTO, ON (Sept 25, 2014) — The Chiefs of Ontario would like to extend an enthusiastic congratulations to Karen Restoule, COO’s Justice Coordinator on being inducted into the Common Law Honour Society at the University of Ottawa Sept. 20, 2014.

“We are proud of Karen Restoule on this achievement and know that her determination and pride in her work at the Chiefs of Ontario is good for all First Nations citizens we work with,” Chiefs of Ontario Executive Director Nathan Wright said. “She works diligently on the advancement of the Indigenous justice sector in Ontario and continues to build bridges of understanding and is leading the charge on justice issues for all First Nations in Ontario. We are proud to have her on our team.”

According to the Common Law Society, the individuals are selected by their peers for induction, a most prestigious alumni distinction. The individuals have used their legal education as a foundation for the achievement of great success in their chosen profession. Many have also made a significant contribution to their community and to the advancement of the law school.

Karen Restoule is a graduate of the Juris Doctor program at the University of Ottawa, and is a social innovator who has worked towards the advancement of the rights of Indigenous citizens and communities for over 10 years. She currently oversees the Justice sector at the Chiefs of Ontario, leading a breadth of initiatives and legal efforts to bring justice to the 133 First Nations in Ontario.

During her time at the Law School, Ms. Restoule served as President of the Aboriginal Law Students Association for two consecutive terms and partnered with other student groups to foster an environment of respect and reconciliation. Following graduation she volunteered with Canadian Lawyers abroad where she successfully developed and delivered the first pilot of Dare to Dream, a justice education and mentoring program that engages Aboriginal youth and lawyers and law students.

“The Selection Committee of the Honour society was impressed by the commitment of Ms. Restoule to the Indigenous issues. We wanted to celebrate her leadership on these issues,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section for the University of Ottawa.

For more information please visit: http://www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11473&Itemid=544

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