Aimee Craft


Aimee Craft
Associate Professor

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur, Room 391
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Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer (Anishinaabe-Métis), an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Common law, University of Ottawa and an Adjunct Professor in Law at the University of Manitoba. Her expertise is in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law.

Craft is an internationally recognized leader in the area of Indigenous laws, treaties and water. She prioritizes Indigenous-lead and interdisciplinary research, including visual arts and film, co-leads a series of major research grant on Decolonizing Water Governance and works with many Indigenous nations and communities on Indigenous relationships with and responsibilities to nibi (water).  She plays an active role in international collaborations relating to transformative memory in colonial contexts and relating to the reclamation of Indigenous birthing practices as expressions of territorial sovereignty.

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. More of Professor Craft’s publications, including those focused on Anishinaabe water law, can be found on her SSRN webpage.

In 2016, Professor Craft was voted one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. Craft is the former Director of Research at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the founding Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (University of Manitoba).

In her decade of legal practice at the Public Interest Law Centre, Craft has worked with many Indigenous peoples on land, resources, human rights and governance issues. She is past chair of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a current member of the Speaker's Bureau of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.


Droit constitutionnel II

Études juridiques interdisciplinaires: Traditions juridiques autochtones

Peuples autochtones et le droit

Indigenous Legal Mechanisms

Droit de l’eau





  • Navigating Our Ongoing Sacred Legal Relationship with Nibi (Water), in J. Borrows, L. Chartrand, O. Fitzgerald and R Schwartz (eds), Braiding Legal Orders: Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2019) pp.101-110.
  • Neither Infringement nor Justification – the SCC’s Mistaken Approach to Reconciliation, in B. Gunn and K. Drake (eds), Renewing Relationships: Indigenous Peoples and Canada (University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre, 2019) Chapter 3, pp. 59-82.
  • Giving and Receiving Life from Anishinaabe Nibi Inaakonigewin (Our Water Law) Research, in J. Thorpe, S. Rutherford and A. Sandberg, Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research, (Routledge, 2017) pp. 105-119.
  • Living Treaties, Breathing Research. Canadian Journal of Women and The Law. 26:1-22, 2014
  • Anishinaabe nibi inaakonigewin, Report on Elders Gathering (Winnipeg: Centre for Human Rights Research, 2014), 50 pp.
  • Breathing Life into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishnaabe Understanding of Treaty One (Purich Publishing, 2013), 159 pp. 




  1. Decolonizing Water Governance:
  2. Wa Ni Ska Tan:
  3. Grand Council of Treaty #3's Nibi (Water) Declaration:

More of Professor Craft’s publications can be found on her SSRN webpage.

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