Irene Linklater is a member of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba and is fluent in the Anishinaabe language. Irene is a Lawyer and member of the Manitoba Bar Association with a focus on Indigenous Law, Aboriginal and Treaty rights. She was called to the Ontario Bar 1991 and Manitoba Bar 2000. She is the former Executive Director/General Counsel with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Secretariat Inc. included being first Director of Research & Policy and a Manager of Research on the self-government Framework Agreement Initiative. Former visiting professor at the Universities of Ottawa and Saskatchewan Law Schools, part-time instructor at Red River College and University of Winnipeg. Irene also sits as Board Member with the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc.