Naiomi Walqwan Metallic

Associate Lawyer at Burchells LLP in Halifax

Naiomi Walqwan Metallic

Naiomi Walqwan Metallic is an associate lawyer at Burchells LLP in Halifax, and, as of July 1, 2016, will be joining the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University as a tenured-track associate professor.  Originally from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation on the Gaspé Coast of Québec, she is alumni of Dalhousie Law School (LL.B.), the University of Ottawa’s Civil Law program (LL.L.) and Osgoode Hall at York University (LL.M.).  She was the first Mi’gmaq person to clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.  In 2016, she was included in the 10th edition of Best Lawyers in Canada© in the area of Aboriginal Law.  Her passion, both as a lawyer and as a law professor, is in finding how the law can be harnessed to promote the well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada.  As for volunteer activities, she sits on Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors, Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, and is a founding director of the Listuguj Aboqonmadultinech Community Foundation.