Marilyn Poitras

Director, Native Law Centre, University of Saskatchewan


Marilyn Poitras teachings in the area of Indigenous law in Cree, Inuit, Metis and Dene communities as well as her international work in Mindanao informs her sensibility to cross cultural education, governance and negotiation. Marilyn’s work with community, leadership, students and elders provides her with a strong foundation for working across the table on issues experienced in Indigenous communities and through governance in Canada today. She has worked with federal, provincial and Indigenous levels of governance and has played a role in education for all parties in a number areas. Marilyn Poitras is currently the Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Marilyn attended the Native Law Centre Summer Program, obtained her LL.B. at the University of Saskatchewan and her LL.M. at Harvard Law School and learns Indigenous law from Elders and the land. She has created a number of College and University programs for Indigenous people covering, financial, legal, policy and resource management. Michif and Irish Scottish, born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan Marilyn comes to her work in this field with passion and conviction and focuses her lens on relationship development on the Indigenous front.