JFK Law hosts Elder Fred Kelly at the Toronto Office

On May 17, 2024, JFK law was honoured to host Elder Fred Kelly at the Toronto office. Elder Kelly, whose Spirit name is Kizhebowse Mukwa (Kind Walking Bear) of the Lynx Clan, is a citizen of the Ojibiways of Onigaming in Treaty #3. Elder Kelly is a drum keeper and pipe carrier and is an advisor for Grand Council Treaty #3 for the development and implementation of the Abinoojii Inakonigewin written law of the Anishinaabe Nation.

Elder Kelly shared his knowledge on Anishinaabe law-making and provided valuable insights about the principles of sacred law as well as the purpose and importance of lodges for fostering meaningful communication and connection. He also shared stories to illustrate the significance of placing children at the heart of traditional Anishinaabe systems.

The lawyers and students who met with Elder Kelly were grateful for the opportunity to learn and look forward to continuing to work with him to revitalize traditional law while engaging in contemporary law-making in Treaty #3.


Elder Fred Kelly met with lawyers and students from JFK Law LLP at the Toronto office. From left to right: Molly Churchill (associate), Bryce Lansdell (articling student), Sara Mainville (managing partner), JC Steele (associate), Isabel Klassen-Marshall (summer student), Alessia Scanga (summer student), and Elder Fred Kelly.





Elder Fred Kelly visiting the JFK Toronto office.