Indigenous Lawyer and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba
Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer (Anishinaabe-Métis) and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. She is the Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Her expertise in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law. Craft's award-winning 2013 book, Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty, focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective.
Craft leads a project on Anishinaabe water law. This work is connected to a research project The Right to Clean Water in First Nations, a SSHRC funded partnership development grant administered by the Centre for Human Rights Research. In 2011, she received the Indigenous Peoples and Governance Graduate Research Scholarship.
In her decade of legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, Craft has worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, consultation, human rights and governance issues. She is past chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and was appointed to the Speaker's Bureau of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.