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October 2, 2020 - Etienne & Firm Profiled in the Media - We are pleased to acknowledge that Etienne Esquega and our firm has been profiled by the local Thunder Bay Newswatch media. 

September 30, 2020 - 7 First Nation Youth Inquest Recommendations - It has been 4 years since the jury recommendations were released in the 7 First Nation Youth Inquest. Each year, the lawyers for 6 of the families release their report card on the implementation of the recommendations. Despite their limited financial means, we are pleased to share the good news that our client, the Northern Nishnawbe Educations Council, still maintains the high grade of A+ for the efforts and steps they have taken to implement recommendations directed at them. 

You can access the full report card here: 

September 29, 2020 - Etienne Appointed to the Law Foundation of Ontario - as part of his duties as a Bencher at the Law Society of Ontario, Etienne Esquega has been appointed by Convocation to preside as a Trustee with the Law Foundation of Ontario. The Foundation plays an important role in facilitating access to justice by providing grants. If you have a project that you think will facilitate access to justice you should visit the Law Foundation of Ontario website to see if your project qualifies for one of the grants. 

May 7, 2020 - QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER (POLICIES AND PROCEDURES - COVID-19) - The Ontario government continues to gradually open up the economy. As an employer, it is important that you turn your mind to your workplace policies and procedures to facilitate a safe workplace. Molly MacDonald from our office has prepared a list of some questions that you should be mindful of when preparing your workplace policies and procedures to address opening up for business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1, 2020 - Are your workplace policies ready for the return to work amid COVID-19? Yesterday, Workplace Safety North, posted a useful resource to assist businesses in the preparation of reopening. The resource consolidates various guidelines from various health and safety association documents for workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the link to the website:

April 2, 2020 - Are Independent Contractor Physicians Protected from Reprisals? - Further to our paper that we shared on March 27th where we discuss the Personal Protective Equipment issue generally (see below), we now elaborate on the protection from "reprisals" pursuant to the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OHSA"). Most fear to speak up, or raise concerns, about health and safety issues because they fear that doing so may prejudice them and result in the loss of jobs or employment. The OHSA offers protection for these circumstances and our thoughts on how the protection applies to physicians who perform independent contractor services for health facilities are set out in our enclosed paper. 

Reminder: Find out who your health and safety committee representatives are. You should raise your concerns with them. They are there for that purpose. 

March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 and Physician PPE:   There has been no shortage of commentary in the media about the insufficient supply of Personal Protective Equipment  (PPE) for health care workers. We have attempted to consider this issue from the perspective of Physicians who are at the front lines at the hospitals in our global battle with COVID-19. We have considered their occupational health and safety rights. We have assembled our thoughts into this brief paper

Our paper makes reference to the 2006 commission report on the SARS epidemic: "Spring of Fear". We suggest a review of chapter 2 ("The Pandemic Threat") of the report at the very least. 

October 23, 2019 - ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION: Etienne was recently in Toronto presenting at the Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division seminar, Working with Indigenous Clients and Key Foundations of Aboriginal Law, where he presented his paper: Interests in Indian Land: Issues to be Considered in Estate Planning and Estate Administration, dated October 21, 2019.

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.

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 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.