Treaty Commissioner Loretta Ross
Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
Loretta Ross (Bimaashi Migizi) is a member of the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba and obtained her law degree from Queens’ University. Loretta has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years and has served as legal counsel to numerous First Nation people, governments and organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations. Loretta has worked in private practice for a number of years and currently owns her own practice under the name Loretta Ross Law Office.
Over the years, Loretta has served as counsel to a number of First Nations on land issues including specific claims, treaty land entitlement, trusts and hydro development. Loretta’s practice has also included child and family matters, and residential school claims. Loretta serves on a number of boards representing the First Nation interest. Some of these boards include the Manitoba Civil Service Commission, Legal Education Action Fund, Manitoba Human Rights Commission and Marymound Inc. and more recently the Southern First Nation Network of Care. Loretta has also become part of the board of the Family First Foundation.
Loretta was taught at an early age from her grandfather George Barker, who served for 44 years as Chief of Hollow Water, that as a First Nation person, she would always carry the responsibility of advocating and educating on behalf of First Nation people. This is a responsibility that Loretta fully embraces. Loretta is also a big believer in family and community and therefore strives to find balance between her work and family which includes her husband, four children and her young grandson. In her spare time, Loretta loves to curl, golf and watch her children participate in their extra-curricular activities.
Recently appointed as the Treaty Commissioner of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, Loretta is the first female Treaty Commissioner within the Numbered Treaties in Canada.