Author-Dwight_NewmanMLI is delighted to announce a new formal partnership with Dwight Newman, a regular contributor on Indigenous legal issues

OTTAWA, Aug. 15, 2017 – The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has appointed Dwight Newman, a respected expert on Indigenous legal affairs, as a Munk Senior Fellow.

"Dwight Newman has been absolutely indispensable in cutting through political rhetoric with clear thinking on Indigenous rights,” said MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley. “He has been one of Canada's leaders in the quest for reconciliation and shared prosperity."

Newman has published extensively on Indigenous legal issues with MLI. This includes:

-A 2014 paper on the “duty to consult” Aboriginal peoples

-A 2014 paper analyzing the Tsilhqot’in decision

-A 2015 paper on the legal trajectory of Indigenous groups

-A 2016 paper on the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA)

-A 2017 paper on free, prior and informed consent

Newman is also a regular commentator on Indigenous legal matters on radio and TV and regularly authors op-eds that appear in prestigious national publications such as the Globe and Mail.

Newman will be releasing a paper for MLI this week on what’s next for the government’s plans on implementing free, prior and informed consent.

"I am pleased to be named a Munk Senior Fellow, and I look forward to continuing to build on my work within the Munk Senior Fellowship program,” said Newman.

Newman is a professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law. He is currently a visiting scholar in law at Cambridge University.


Dwight Newman is a Munk Senior Fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute is the only non-partisan, independent national public policy think tank in Ottawa focusing on the full range of issues that fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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