The D.B. Goodman Fellowship was established in memory of the late David B. Goodman, Q.C. of Toronto by members of his family, friends and professional associates with the intention of bringing to the law school, on an annual basis, a distinguished member of the practising bar or bench for a few days of teaching and informal discussions with the student body and faculty.

It was the intention of the founders of this fellowship that the Goodman Fellow would, on the one hand, bring to the Faculty the benefit of insights and ideas gained from long experience in the practical application of the law and, on the other hand, himself or herself be refreshed by a short return to the academic legal community.

The 2015-16 David B. Goodman Lecture

Phil Fontaine

Former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Moving Forward:  Towards Reconciliation

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
4:10pm to 6:00pm
Emmanuel College, 73 Queen's Park Crescent, Room 001

Former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for indigenous peoples. He has a proven track record of opening the lines of communication and bringing people together in a common cause for a better future and to resolve issues of the past.

Fontaine, the youngest son in an Ojibway family of 12 children, has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people from the time he was first elected to public office as chief, when he was 28 years old.

An advocate for human rights and a survivor of residential school abuse, Fontaine’s crowning achievement is the residential schools settlement. At $5.6billion in individual compensation, Fontaine negotiated the largest settlement in Canadian history – for the largest human rights violation in Canadian history – arising out of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy.


See the Goodman Lecture archives to read more detailed accounts of past lectures, and watch the complete lectures on the web (beginning with 2002).