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Originally from the Syilx Nation and member of the Okanagan Indian Band, Leonard Marchand is the first Indigenous person to be appointed chief justice in Colombia -British.

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Colleagues and friends welcome the appointment of Leonard Marchand as Chief Justice of the Courts of Appeal of British Columbia and Yukon. Originally from the Syilx Nation and a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, he is the first Indigenous person to be appointed chief justice in the province.

British Columbia Attorney General Niki Sharma calls this a historic appointment.

Her appointment is a testament to her exceptional contribution to the legal community and her unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice for all, she said in a statement.

Bradford Morse, a law professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, where Leonard Marchand had a long career as a lawyer, believes he followed in his father's footsteps as a pioneer in the field. of Indigenous rights.

Len, as Chief Justice of British Columbia, will, I believe, be someone to whom The federal government will seek its opinion on how the administration of justice should be reviewed, he said. Particularly in the context of indigenous peoples and their rights.

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On CBC, Leonard Marchand said he hopes his appointment demonstrates that the justice system strives to reflect the diversity of the community it serves.

I follow in the footsteps of some exceptional jurists who have held this position over time. None shared my heritage, he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his appointment on Friday.

Chief Justice Marchand has dedicated much of his career to facilitating reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, including advancing civil actions on behalf of Survivors residential schools, it is indicated in a statement by the Prime Minister.

Leonard Marchand was a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia from 2013 to 2017. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2017 and to the Court of Appeal of British Columbia in 2021.

With information from The Canadian Press and Akshay Kulkarni

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