Indigenous Justice Division, Children’s Lawyer
Marian Jacko has spent her entire legal career tirelessly working on behalf of children and Indigenous peoples. She raised her eldest child as a single parent while earning three university degrees, including a master’s degree in social work and a law degree. While working full-time as a lawyer and raising three children, she obtained her Master of Law degree from York University. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 1998, Marian Jacko has made significant contributions to the legal professions including being the first Indigenous person appointed as the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario where she spent over 20 years advancing access to justice for children, youth, Indigenous communities, victims of crime, and survivors of human trafficking.
An Ojibway from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island and a trailblazer, Marian strongly believes in community service, serving on many non-profit organizations’ boards and advisory committees. Currently, Marian is the President of the Little Native Hockey League ("Little NHL") and President of Anishnawbe Health of Toronto. She is also part of an Advisory Council for the Indigenous Hockey Research Network. A long-time coach, Marian is very passionate about the sport of ice hockey and believes that the sport teaches children and youth many life lessons including the teachings of the seven grandfathers. Marian’s unique style of coaching hockey with the use of traditional teachings allows players an opportunity to also learn about First Nations culture and history.