Staff Lawyer Grace Auger Receives U of C Alumni Award

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) staff lawyer Grace Auger received a Career Achievement Award from the University of Calgary during the Arch Awards ceremony last week.

Auger was presented the award for her continued dedication to her profession. She is a valued member of LAA and has spent her career serving Indigenous people of Alberta and ensuring that they are able to understand and protect their legal rights.  

Auger spends most of her time assisting clients on Siksika Nation. LAA has an office located in the Siksika Nation Tribal Administration building and provides members with a range of high quality legal services in a manner that gives meaningful consideration to Indigenous culture and values.

“Having a full-time lawyer placed at Siksika helps build that trust so that clients won’t have to repeat their stories to somebody new who may come along,” she told the University of Calgary Alumni Association. “That is really why I went into law — to give Indigenous people a voice and to build bridges.”

Auger is from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, located in the traditional territory of Treaty No.8.  She was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1997. Grace was formerly a Crown Prosecutor and has expertise in Treaty and Aboriginal Rights issues. Grace’s strong knowledge and respect of her heritage allows her to provide valuable insight on legal issues facing Indigenous communities. 

The University of Calgary Alumni Association also recognized several other inspiring alumni including renowned atmospheric physicist Dr. David Kendall and current president and CEO of TELUS Spark Dr. Mary Anne Moses. 

In the photo, from left to right: Grace Auger, Staff Lawyer and Award Recipient; Stephen Shirt, Indigenous Courthouse Navigator and Assessment Officer; and Desiree Tan, Staff Lawyer and Team Lead. 

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