About Us

Legal Experts Defending Nature and Indigenous Rights

Legal Advocates for Nature’s Defence (LAND) is an environmental law non-profit dedicated to protecting nature and upholding Treaty rights through legal advocacy and support. 

We are the only Civil Society Organization (CSO) based in Northern Ontario that is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario to provide free environmental law legal services. Our services include the provision of summary advice and legal representation to those at the forefront of climate and environmental injustices as well as law reform advocacy and public legal education throughout Northern Ontario.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to advance Indigenous-led conservation efforts, protect endangered ecosystems, and ensure Canada meets its international commitments to combat climate change and preserve biodiversity.

We prioritize providing legal services and support for initiatives that help advance the two most critical targets of our planet:

Cutting climate damaging emissions by 50% by 2030 to combat climate change.

Protecting 30% of lands and waters, including reducing toxics in the environment, by 2030.

These targets as recognized by the United Nations and signed on to by Canada, are critical if we are to halt the twin crises of nature and biodiversity loss.

Through advocacy, law reform, and legal representation, our work:

Champions the introduction of first-of-its-kind legislation aimed at protecting endangered ecosystems and embedding Canada’s international biodiversity targets into law.

 

Pushes for ambitious climate action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, transitions communities to renewable energy sources, and promotes climate resilience across Northern Ontario

 

Responds to critical access to justice needs by providing legal services to communities and individuals who are most impacted by climate and environmental injustices

 

Our Legal Team

Kerrie Blaise
Kerrie Blaise
Founder, Lawyer
Kerrie Blaise is the founder of LAND and an accomplished environmental and Indigenous rights lawyer. Today, she is one of only a handful of public-interest environmental lawyers who serve…
Randy Restoule
Randy Restoule
Board Chair
Randy Restoule has been the Consultation Coordinator at Dokis First Nation for 4 years. Previously, he worked at Dokis in the position of Economic Development Officer for 6 years.
Neesha Fernandes
Neesha Fernandes
Board Member
Neesha Fernandes is a social worker whose work has focused on young people and their families in shelter, court, and school settings.
Julia Hambleton
Julia Hambleton
Operations and Outreach Director
Julia Hambleton is LAND’s Operations and Outreach Director. She has supported and worked with non-profits in the environmental movement and the arts for over twenty-five years.

Our Work

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