March 23, 2009

Eugene J. Creighton, Q.C. Appointed To Provincial Court

It is with great pride that Walsh announces Eugene J. Creighton, Q.C. has been appointed to the Calgary Regional Provincial Court effective April 6, 2009.

Eugene graduated from the University of Alberta law school in 1985. He is a member of the Blood Tribe, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy and acted as in-house Counsel to the Tribe from 1986-1994. In 1994, Eugene joined Walsh Wilkins where he assisted First Nations in negotiating claims and agreements and advised in areas of Aboriginal law. In 1999, he became a partner and in 2002 the firm’s name was changed to Walsh LLP.

At the time of his appointment, he was assisting and advising the Blood Tribe in developing its Tribal Justice system with plans for a provincial court on the Blood Reserve and a peace making system. Eugene has conducted lectures and workshops on Aboriginal issues at the University of Lethbridge and Red Crow Community College. In 1980, Eugene became the first Chairperson of the Blood Tribe Police Commission.

In 2005, Eugene was named the Alberta Aboriginal Role Model in Justice. In February of 2008, Eugene and his two colleagues, Kenneth R. McLeod and Gary A. Befus were successful at the Supreme Court of Canada in defending the case of The Privacy Commissioner of Canada v. Blood Tribe Department of Health. Eugene was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007.

Sources: Alberta Justice Press Release March 18, 2009

Lethbridge Herald March 18, 2009

Calgary Herald March 19, 2009

Calgary Herald March 20, 2009