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Profile: Ron Peigan

Ron Peigan Ron Peigan is a law school graduate currently articling in Saskatoon.

Ron is originally from the Pasqua Reserve, got his law degree from the University of British Columbia and is now with the law firm of Balfour, Moss, Milliken, Laschuk and Kyle.

Part of his work includes that of Legal Advisor with the FSIN Technical Team with the governments review of Lands, Revenues and Trusts Program.

He is also a member of the board of directors of the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada and the President of the Native Law Students Association of Canada.

Ron is glad to be back in Saskatchewan and is working hard as an Articling student.

"As an articled student, all I want right now is to be the best lawyer possible. In furtherance of that goal, I am articling with the law firm of Balfour, Moss, Milliken, Laschuk and Kyle. Being a large firm, they offer the high degree of technical and professional training required to be an effective and efficient native lawyer. As well, they provide a high calibre of expertise and vast resources that may be relied on to give native people the best legal advice available. For example, the firm handles every area of law from land claims to corporate/commercial matters for bands across Saskatchewan. Given the serious nature of native issues, a native lawyer must be proficient in, all these areas to act as responsible counsel to native people."

"Professionally, I believe a native lawyer plays a critical role in the future direction of native issues. The native lawyer's familiarity with the legal system, ensures that the Federal Government can no longer unilaterally impose detrimental hard-ship on our people.  Sure they may still possess the balance of power, but now they can't indiscriminately exercise it as they have in the past. Those days are gone."

"The issues affecting native people today are nothing new.  Our elders and their elders have been struggling with them for decades, if not centuries. However, what is different is that today's generation is fast becoming more and more educated in the ways of a non-native system. My own grandfather, Willy Peigan, an elder with the Federated College, has always stressed to young people that Education and faith in who we are is that most important thing to Indian people. What this equates to is that we now have the ability to utilize our knowledge to the benefit of our people in a system that has to abide by the rules we've learned. This 'new' development in the history of native issues has the federal government on its guard as it never has been before. Under these circumstances, is it any wonder the federal government has instituted major cutbacks in education funding?"