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I have been the African school-kid, fetching water from far away and washing clothes by hand by candle-light. I have been the law student, with a perch on Bay Street, helping to solve the legal problems of large corporations. I have also been the negotiator, travelling far and wide within our beautiful country to assist with the seminal work that is Indigenous reconciliation and Indigenous self-government. I have been the lawyer, dedicated to access to justice and to the everyday concerns of everyday people.
Jide Afolabi

Over seventeen years of commitment to the use of law and politics as instruments of progress and social justice, with a broad range of work including addressing the flooding of indigenous lands in Manitoba, indigenous child and family services in Alberta, and indigenous education in Ontario.

Former Chief Federal Negotiator with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Penultimate negotiator on the process culminating in the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act, giving effect to the largest indigenous self-government agreement to date in Canada.

Currently a member of the National Working Group on a Revised Fiscal Policy for Self Governing Indigenous Nations.

Currently the Managing Director of nextOttawa, a non-profit dedicated to advocacy regarding policy options for a better Ottawa.

Involved in progressive church governance as elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

Former Counsel to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, with a focus on government procurement as well as customs.

Lawyer with a firm belief in making law accessible and ensuring it serves individual and community interests. Provided legal advice and assistance to persons, businesses and charities in multiple locations across Ontario.

Magna for Canada award recipient.

In his fifth year as a Carleton University alumni mentor.

Avid artist and former member of the African Canadian Dramatic Arts Society. Father, husband, cyclist, and photographer.

Schools attended: Carleton University, Osgoode Hall Law School, London School of Economics.
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