Ontario Appoints Lead for New Aboriginal Justice Division
Kimberly Murray Named Assistant Deputy Attorney General
Following an extensive recruitment campaign, Kimberly Murray has been selected to lead the newly created Aboriginal Justice Division at the Ministry of the Attorney General.
This new division was recommended by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci in his report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.
Ms. Murray, who is a member of the Kanehsatake Mohawk Nation, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. Over the past 20 years, she has gained considerable experience in the field of Aboriginal law as a legal counsel, and as a leader who has the ability to build collaborative relationships and bring about transformational change.
Ms. Murray is currently the Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and was previously the Executive Director at Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. She has served on a number of notable committees and groups, such as the Aboriginal Working Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario.
As the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, and in collaboration with Aboriginal Peoples, Ms. Murray will lead the development of new programs and services to support Aboriginal people in Ontario's justice system. She will also be responsible for providing leadership on the government's response to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci's 2013 report, First Nations Representation on Ontario Juries.
Creating a division dedicated to Aboriginal justice demonstrates Ontario's commitment to ensuring the justice system is inclusive and respectful of Aboriginal Peoples' interests, and is part of the province's plan to build Better Justice Together.
- Kimberly Murray is the first Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Aboriginal Justice Division.
- Ms. Murray will start in this role on April 1, 2015.
“We are fortunate to have a leader of Kimberly Murray’s calibre bring her skills and talents to the ministry in this important role. I am confident that through Kimberly’s leadership we will be better positioned to understand and respond to how Aboriginal Peoples experience Ontario’s justice system. I welcome Kimberly to our senior management team and I look forward to working together.”
“Kimberly Murray brings a wealth of experience in Aboriginal justice to this important new position overseeing the government’s response to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci’s report. Under her leadership, the Aboriginal Justice Division will strengthen relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and the justice system, and develop new programs and services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal Peoples and communities.”
“I am so pleased and proud of our selection of the new Assistant Deputy Attorney General. It simply proves that working together and ‘building it right’ is the proven way to go into the future. The dawning of this new vision gives me hope that First Nations will soon be adequately represented in Ontario’s justice system.”