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Neegann Aaswaakshin
Special Advisor - Indigenous Law, Reconciliation & UNDRIP

Neegann Aaswaakshin Neegann Aaswaakshin is Saulteaux of the Anishinaabe Nation, a member of Fishing Lake First Nation (Saskatchewan), and Bear Clan. Her names means "leader to lean on" in Anishinaabemowin, and as such Neegann is a passionate and dedicated advocate for Indigenous peoples lands and interest.

Neegann holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and has committed her career to contributing her efforts toward the process of reconciling Indigenous peoples rights and the interests of all Canadians. Neegann was the recipient of the 2012 Arthur Rhodes Academic Award for Outstanding Graduates of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, and the 2013 Award for Academic Merit and Community Service from the Indigenous Bar Association. Neegann served as vice-president for the University of Ottawa Indigenous Law Students Association, where she presented and moderated at various panels and public engagements on behalf of the Association.

Neegann is a strong facilitator and public speaker, and she has been invited to host and moderate various community events. Neegann has dynamic personal and professional qualities that have served her well in presenting at and hosting public engagements and events, and also in networking and building relationships for the companies she had worked or volunteered for.

Since 2003, Neegann has worked in policy and strategy for numerous Indigenous organizations such as the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Legacy of Hope Foundation, and Assembly First Nations. She was also an advisor to Member of Parliament Mr. Romeo Saganash, and was involved in internal party strategic planning concerning Indigenous issues.

Most recently throughout 2013-2016, Neegann worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in civil litigation, negotiation, and legal issues concerning the intersect between Indigenous peoples’ legal rights and interests and the Crown rights, duties and obligations.