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Indigenous Bar Association congratulates Koren Lightning on King’s Counsel Designation

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202420 Views

Ottawa, ON – The Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA) extends its heartfelt congratulations to Koren Lightning on her recent designation as King’s Counsel by the Law Society of Alberta. This prestigious recognition underscores Lightning’s unwavering commitment to excellence in the legal profession and her significant contributions to the legal community.

Koren, a mother of two beautiful daughters and a proud member and former Councillor of the Samson Cree Nation (which forms part of the Maskwacis Nation and is a party to Treaty No. 6), has consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication throughout her career. As a passionate advocate for Indigenous rights and justice, her work has been instrumental in advancing Indigenous legal issues and promoting inclusivity within the legal profession.

As a past president of the IBA, Koren has played a pivotal role in shaping the organization and advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples. Her leadership and vision have been invaluable in driving positive change and empowering Indigenous lawyers across the country.

In her current role as Legal Director of Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge, Koren has been at the forefront of advancing, establishing and implementing Indigenous legal orders. Through her innovative approach and deep understanding of Indigenous governance principles, she has worked tirelessly to empower Indigenous communities and revitalize traditional legal systems.

Drew Lafond, President of the IBA and a close friend of Koren, expressed his heartfelt congratulations, saying:

“Koren’s dedication to advancing Indigenous rights and her commitment to excellence in the legal profession are truly commendable.  Her dedication to community service is underscored by the considerable sacrifices that she has made to contribute to the betterment of her Nation. Koren is a natural leader and matriarch. She has left a lasting legacy during her time as a multi-term Councillor for her Nation and as past president of the IBA.  The King’s Counsel designation is a fitting testament to Koren’s outstanding contributions to the legal community. We are incredibly proud of her achievements and look forward to her continued success.”

The King’s Counsel designation honors Koren’s exceptional legal skills, profound expertise, and ardent advocacy for justice. Her dedication to serving her community and advocating for positive change has earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues and peers alike.

In addition to her professional achievements, Koren has been an inspiration to many aspiring Indigenous lawyers, serving as a role model and mentor within the legal community. Her steadfast efforts to promote diversity and inclusion have had a profound impact on the legal landscape in Alberta and beyond.

The IBA applauds Koren and her family on this well-deserved honor and celebrates her remarkable achievements in the legal profession. We are confident that she will continue to make invaluable contributions to the advancement of justice and equality for all.

The IBA is a national non-profit organization representing Indigenous legal professionals, including lawyers, judges, and law students, dedicated to advancing the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The IBA advocates for justice, equality, and the recognition of Indigenous legal traditions and perspectives within the legal system. For more information, please visit


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