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 Nations people, governments and organizations, including the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations. Loretta has worked in private practice for a number of years and currently owns the 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 First Nations interests. Some of these include the Manitoba Civil Service Commission, the Legal Education Action Fund, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Marymound Inc. and the Southern First Nation Network of Care. Loretta is also a member of the board of the Family First Foundation.
Loretta was taught by her grandfather George Barker, who served for 44 years as Chief of Hollow Water First Nation. One of his lessons was that as a First Nations person she would always carry the responsibility of advocating and educating on behalf of First Nations people. This is a responsibility that Loretta fully embraces. She is also a big believer in family and community and as a result strives to find balance between her work and family, which includes her husband, four children and a grandson. In her spare time, Loretta loves to curl, golf and watch her children participate in their extra-curricular activities.
Loretta is the first female Treaty Commissioner within the Numbered Treaties in Canada.