Cécile Capela-Laborde

Cécile Capela-Laborde


Barreau du Québec, 2015

Direct line: 514-849-2403 Ext. 234
Email: ccapela@hutchinslegal.ca


Cécile Capela-Laborde is an associate at Hutchins Legal Inc., where she also articled in 2015. A graduate of McGill University's Faculty of Law, Cécile complemented her legal studies with an internship at the Akwesasne Justice Department (2014) and an Aisenstadt research fellowship at the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (2013). These experiences afforded her valuable research opportunities on subjects ranging from the Akwesasne Mohawk Court to the federal compensatory regime for residential school survivors. While studying at McGill, Cécile also volunteered at several legal information clinics--among them the Montréal Native Friendship Centre Clinic where she now supervises students.

Since joining Hutchins, Cécile has been involved in complex negotiations relating to Aboriginal treaty rights with the Canadian and Quebec governments. She regularly drafts legal opinions on a variety of constitutional and administrative law issues, especially as these concern Aboriginal cultural, language and education rights, and prepares memoranda in the context of Aboriginal consultation on development projects and policymaking. Recently, Cécile has developed a strong interest in the environmental and sacred dimensions of Aboriginal rights, representing her clients in environmental reviews initiated by the Government of Canada.


  • McGill University, Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L) & Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), 2014
  • McGill University, Bachelors of Arts in Political Sciences & Philosophy, 2011 (including a year at the University of Western Australia)


  • Ernest & Salli Benedict Memorial Student Scholarship, 2014
  • Katherine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy Award, 2014
  • Aisenstadt Fellowship, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, 2013
  • McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies Fellowship, 2010-2011

Community involvement

Montreal Native Friendship Center, Legal Clinic

Articles, papers and presentations

  • “Recognizing the Akwesasne Mohawk as an Aboriginal Inherent Right Court under Section 35 of the Constitutional Act of 1982”. Presented this paper at the Conference on Iroquois Research (New York), October 3-5, 2014.
  • “Compensating Residential Schools Survivors & the Nosological Category of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Critical Perspectives”, Aisenstadt Fellow – Aboriginal Human Rights Initiatives, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill. University, http://www.mcgill.ca/humanrights/research/aboriginal-human-rights-initiatives, 29 October 2013.
  •  “The Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67: An Expression of Colonialism”, Expo ’67 – Dixon Slide Collection, McGill University,http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/expo-67/, 29 March 2010. 

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