Jerchlaw - Associate
Seneca joined the firm as a full time associate in May 2011, with previous experience as a sole practitioner with a general law practice including family, wills and estates, Aboriginal law and small business. Seneca was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 2009. Seneca has considerable experience working with the Canadian Legal Education Association providing services including public education and responding to constant and numerous public inquiries for legal information. Seneca obtained a B.A. in criminology and native studies, and obtained her law degree from the University of Manitoba in 2008 with a course of study in the areas of Aboriginal law ranging from human rights, environmental law, poverty law, restorative justice and land claims.
Seneca serves former First Nations residential and day school students in regards to their claims arising from surviving the effects of these schools, including the intergenerational effects.
Seneca’s practice is also in the area of Aboriginal law and includes corporate and commercial law, Treaty Land Entitlement, on-reserve economic development and real estate, reserve land conversions, employment law for Indigenous People, environmental law and natural resources and designing creative applications and policy development and research for Indigenous People organizations. Seneca’s practice has included working with northern, southern and remote Indigenous People in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, as well as work for provincial chiefs, treaty land entitlement and Treaty organizations. This work has included working with other counsel as part of a legal team in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Seneca is familiar with working with private business and government departments in negotiating economic development projects on reserve.
Seneca brings to the firm considerable experience prior to the practice of law in working with Indigenous People in human resources and Indigenous youth in youth justice projects and as an instructor and case manager including daily instruction, curriculum development, case work and work placement and student evaluation. Seneca also coordinated and managed the Pro Bono Students Canada residential schools project in respect of community education on the residential schools Settlement Agreement while attending law school.
Seneca is a mother of two and a dog lover. She is a member of the Waywaysecappo First Nation and is thankful for the support she has received from her First Nation in seeking a career in Aboriginal law.
Seneca LongclawsCalled to the bar in Manitoba in 2009.
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