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Atty Michael Swinwood

Michael Swinwood began the practice of law in Ontario in 1974,
practiced in Calgary, Alberta from 1976 to 1982, and returned to
Ottawa in 1982.

From 1982 to 1999, he was engaged in the usual practice of law,
mostly litigation, with general counsel work for Canada Ports
Corporation from 1982 to 1985.

However, in 1995 to 1999, he took a sabbatical from the practice of
law and interviewed and apprenticed with Native Elders throughout
North and South America, guided by the Algonquin Elder William
Commanda and his sacred firekeeper, Peter Decontie.

In 1997, he authored a report entitled “Interview with Native
Elders”, chronicling his journey with Native Wisdom Keepers from
Peru to Maniwaki, Quebec, and most points in between.

In 1999, he incorporated
Elders Without Borders, a non-profit
organization, dedicated to the pursuit of sovereignty and self-
determination of indigenous peoples, and he has been legal
counsel to this organization since that time. He is
Presently working
with Algonquin’s, Mik’MAQ, Metis and other native groups throughout Canada.

Michael holds a  B.A political science from Ottawa University,
Ottawa, Ontario via Notre Dame College, Wilcox, Saskatchewan,
an LL.B from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Ontario and in 1974 was
called to the Bar by Upper Canada Law Society.
Michael Swinwood presenting to class on Native
Sovereignty in Canada, an Introduction to the Constitutional
Question at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario.