David C. Nahwegahbow

David C. Nahwegahbow, IPC, LSM, LL.B. is Anishinabe from Whitefish River First Nation, which is part of the Anishinabek Nation, in Ontario. As the founding partner of the Firm, Nahwegahbow Corbiere, Mr. Nahwegahbow has been advocating for First Nation rights and justice for over 35 years. Mr. Nahwegahbow did his undergraduate studies at Carleton University and graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1982. Mr. Nahwegahbow is a founding member and former President of the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA); and in 2003, he received the Indigenous Peoples' Counsel (IPC) designation from the IBA in recognition for his advocacy work on behalf of Indigenous peoples.  He received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Law and Justice in 2008.  Shortly thereafter, he was presented with the Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award from the Union of Ontario Indians which recognizes the dedication of individuals who have devoted their lives to the service of their communities and the Anishinabek Nation.

In 2010, Mr. Nahwegahbow was inducted into the Common Law Honour Society of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, the Common Law's Section most prestigious Alumni distinction, paying tribute to the Faculty's most accomplished graduates.  On May 25, 2011 he received the Law Society Medal (LSM), an award granted by the Law Society to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Mr. Nahwegahbow is also a Board Member of The Advocates Society whose members “recognize that effective advocacy is important to their clients, the courts and the pursuit of justice.” Mr. Nahwegahbow’s wife, Lois Jacobs, is from Kahnawake; and they have two children.  Eldest is a daughter, Alexandra who is enrolled in her Ph. D program ‎in Art History at Carleton University, and a son Nicholas, who is an actor at Stratford, Ontario.  Music and arts have always had a very profound and significant influence within their family.

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