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Esquega Law Office provides legal services and advice on matters concerning:

  • INDIGENOUS LEGAL ISSUES (AborIginal Law)
  • CORPORATE AND Commercial Law
  • Civil Litigation

WHAT'S NEW?

June 7, 2019 - RECENT MEDIATION SUCCESSES - At Esquega Law Office we are proud of our ability to help clients resolve their matters without the need for lengthy and uncertain trials. Most of the time our efforts are not publicly reported as we often resolve our client's matters without the use of court intervention. For example, last week we resolved two complicated civil matters through the use of mediation, which is an excellent form of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Process (ADR). By resolving in the mediation process we were able to effectively have mediators (who were both experts in their respective fields) help both sides come to a compromise that left the clients in control of the outcomes of their respective cases. Our clients were able to privately resolve their disputes in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Esquega Law Office is committed to pursuing justice for all of our clients in the most effective and efficient manner. 

May 1, 2019 - ETIENNE ELECTED AS A BENCHER!! We are pleased to announce that Etienne Esquega has been elected as the regional bencher for the Northwest Region in the Law Society of Ontario Bencher election. Etienne will serve a 4-year term at convocation. For more information on what benchers do please click here

The Bencher Election starts next week! The Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers endorsed Etienne. Will you endorse Etienne and vote for him? 

2019 LAW SOCIETY OF ONTARIO  - BENCHER ELECTION: Etienne Esquega is pleased to announce his candidacy for Bencher in the pending 2019 Law Society of Ontario election. https://lso.ca/about-lso/governance/bencher-election-2019

You can also find information on Etienne's platform on the LSO BENCHER WEBSITE or on the LAW TIMES NEWS BENCHER WEBSITE.

KAWASKIMHON MOOT 2019 -  Etienne Esquega was one of the coaches of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law aboriginal law moot team again this year. The moot was hosted by Dalhousie University in the spring on March 1-3, 2019.

OCTOBER 2018 - Etienne Esquega was selected by his colleagues to assume the role of Co-Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO). Etienne is honoured to assume this responsibility and looks forward to working with his colleagues at the IAG, the broader bar and the LSO on the many important initiatives that are underway.

2018 THUNDER BAY LAW ASSOCIATION  - CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION  (October 19, 2018)Etienne Esquega presented as a panelist on recent key Aboriginal Law - Duty to Consult cases which included his views on the effect of the recent Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada Supreme Court of Canada Decision. Click for access to a copy of the slide deck for the presentation: 2018_Duty_to_Consult_Update.pdf

ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION INSTITUTE 2018 (February 8, 2018) - Etienne Esquega presented as a panelist on the recent key decisions panel at the Insitute's Aboriginal Law CPD:  Advancing Reconciliation - Review of Recent Key Decisions and What Deconstructing the Current Colonial Legal Structure Could Mean.

MOLLY A. MACDONALD JOINS THE TEAM (October 2, 2017) - The Esquega Law Office is delighted to announce that Molly has joined the team. Molly is a graduate of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and was called to the Bar in Ontario in the fall of 2017.  Molly’s main areas of practice are employment law and civil litigation.

 ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF 7 FIRST NATION YOUTH INQUEST (June 28, 2017) - Today marks the one-year anniversary of the conclusion of the inquest. Parties who were the subject of recommendations are to file their responses to the recommendation and their annual report on the progress to implementation today. Etienne Esquega represented the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council at the inquest.  NNEC has filed their responses and annual report.

Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation $77million Flood Claim Settlement (June 21, 2017) -The Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation (LDMLFN) and the Governments of Ontario and Canada have formally announced the settlement of a flooding claim that dates back to 1873. As part of the settlement, the LDMLFN is receiving approximately $77million in financial compensation. Etienne Esquega is counsel to the LDMLFN on this matter and is pleased to see this claim come to a resolution acceptable to all parties.

Etienne Esquega appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Group (October 2016)- Etienne Esquega was appointed by the Elders Advisory Committee to the Indigenous Advisory Group (IAG) to the Law Society of Upper Canada. The purpose of the IAG is to "advance and encourage the reconciliation of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous legal systems with the Canadian legal system...and provide the development of relationships...in a manner that respects Indigenous values, beliefs and legal systems."

Law Society of Upper Canada - Certified Specialist Program in Indigenous Legal Issues  (June 23, 2016)- The law society has announced that a specialist program for Indigenous Legal Issues. Etienne Esquega had the honour of working with a group of Indigenous law practitioners to help develop the criteria for being able to obtain a designation in this specialty area.

7 First Nation Youth Inquest (June 28, 2016)- The inquest concluded on June 28, 2016. The jury provided 140 recommendations aimed at safety for future students who have to come to Thunder Bay for school because there are no schools in their communities.

Esquega Law Office represented the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, who operates the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Highschool in Thunder Bay, at the Inquest.