B.A. (L.-Ph.) (University of Manitoba), LL.B. (University of Ottawa), LL.M. (University of Victoria).
Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer who joined the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in July 2014. Her expertise in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law. 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.
Craft leads a project on Anishinaabe water law. This work is connected to a research project The Right to Clean Water in First Nations, a SSHRC funded partnership development grant administered by the Centre for Human Rights Research. In 2011, she received the Indigenous Peoples and Governance Graduate Research Scholarship.
In her decade of legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, Craft has worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, consultation, human rights and governance issues. She is past chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and was appointed to the Speaker's Bureau of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.
In 2009, Craft successfully argued for a group of francophone citizens in the R. v. Rémillard case, the first entirely French hearing in the history of the Manitoba Court of Appeal.
Aimée is proud of her ancestors, their legacy and the teachings they have gifted to her and others. She is especially thankful for her family, immediate and extended, and for the land that she belongs to.