ALISA R. LOMBARD is a fluently multi lingual and bi jural lawyer with experience in complex legal and policy issues relating to Indigenous-Crown relations and reconciliation in national and international fora. After completing a clerkship with the Specific Claims Tribunal, Alisa was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011 and is also a member of the Saskatchewan Bar.
Alisa was senior legal counsel to the Specific Claims Tribunal in Ottawa since its operational inception. She worked on over 70 specific claims and advised the Tribunal’s Members, sitting Superior Court Judges, on the design and implementation of regulatory and other processes undertaken to adjudicate the claims to final resolution. In this capacity, she acquired a unique expertise in the layered, legal intersectionality between fiduciary law, constitutional law and aboriginal law. Alisa was co-counsel on Canada v Kitselas, 2014 FCA 150 at the Federal Court of Appeal where the Tribunal’s standard of review on judicial review established and its powers confirmed. Alisa contributed to materials developed for judicial education, the Tribunal’s mandated five-year review of its enabling legislation and the Tribunal’s trial decision in Williams Lake Indian Band v Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2014 SCTC 3 ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in Williams Lake Indian Band v. Canada, 2018 1 SCR 83, wherein the Tribunal’s expertise and its specialized nature were confirmed.
Alisa has been involved in and acted for many First Nations in a variety of complex specific claims including pre and post confederate illegal reserve land takings, unfulfilled treaty promises, various breaches of fiduciary obligations, misadministration of Indian monies and assets, Crown failures to uphold Treaty promises and Crown failures to create reserves. One such claim is estimated to be of the largest monetary value in Canadian history.
Alisa is lead counsel on a proposed class action pertaining to the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan [insert link to internal website tab dedicated to the class action]. For her advocacy in this matter, she was recognized in “Chatelaine’s Women of the Year 2018”.
Alisa has appeared before various levels of courts, administrative Tribunals and international committees and commissions, including the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Alisa is currently pursuing a masters in health law, with an emphasis on policy and ethics at the University of Ottawa. Her academic work in this regard focuses on reproductive rights, the law on consent and the adequacy of its protections for Indigenous women and girls.