Aimée Craft (Mikinaak Ikwe)


  • Legal Aspects of Treaties/Treaty relationship
  • Treaty No. 1 Research (LLM)
  • French Presentation of General Treaties/Treaty relationship

B.A. (L.-Ph.) (University of Manitoba), LL.B. (University of Ottawa), LL.M. (University of Victoria)

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous (Anishinaabe-Métis) lawyer (called to the Bar in 2005) from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa.  Her expertise is in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law and she is a leading researcher on indigenous laws, treaties, and water.  Prof. Craft co-leads a major research grant on Decolonizing Water Governance.

Prof. 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. In 2016 she was voted one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. Prof. Craft is the former Director of Research at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the founding Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  In her decade of legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, Craft worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, human rights and governance issues.