About Rosalie

Rosalie Francis is a member of the Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq First Nation community and has been involved in Aboriginal rights and Aboriginal issues for many years.   Rosalie has a B.A from Dalhousie University (1993) and a M.A. from Saint Mary’s University (2003), where she wrote her thesis on the Mi’kmaq treaty negotiation process of the 18th century.  Rosalie obtained her law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie (2015), and spent her final law school term attending the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources & Governments at Osgoode Law School. Rosalie received an intern placement with the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience in the areas of international law and its application to indigenous peoples. Upon graduation from the Schulich School of Law Rosalie received the Donald Marshall Jr. Award for her work and study on Aboriginal issues.

Rosalie has extensive experience in dealing with Aboriginal issues as she spent the early part of her career working for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, directly involved in the implementation of the Donald Marshall Junior Royal Commission Recommendations, and the litigation and negotiations of Mi’kmaq Rights.  Rosalie has worked closely with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs for many years, providing advice and support in lands, consultation, and indigenous environmental knowledge issues.  Rosalie has also worked for the Membertou First Nation where she developed the Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge service for the Membertou Corporate division.  She also worked with the Membertou elders in the development of the Membertou Heritage Park. 

Rosalie is the mother of three children and enjoys doing renovations, exploring the natural landscape and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Rosalie’s areas of practice include Aboriginal law, administrative law, environmental law, employment law, human rights, and family law.

Selected Publications:

Mi’kmaq Resource Guide, 1st and 2nd Editions, UNSI, CMM and NCNS.

Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Protocol, 2nd Edition, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, 2014.

The Mi’kmaw Nation and the Embodiment of Mi’kmaw Ideologies: Ni’kmaq, Protocol and Treaty Negotiations of the Eighteenth Century,  M.A. Thesis, Saint Mary’s University, October, 2003.