Dale Cunningham

Dale Cunningham: Attorney with Field Law
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  • 601 - 4920 52 Street, Yellowknife, NW, Canada X1A 3T1
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Dale Cunningham is a litigation lawyer primarily focused on the settlement of Indian Residential Schools claims. His Aboriginal Law practice concentrates on helping Indigenous clients throughout Alberta and the Northwest Territories obtain appropriate compensation after suffering physical, sexual and psychological abuse at the hands of teachers, supervisors or other students while attending an Indian Residential School during their childhood.

For the convenience of his clients, Dale works out of the firm’s Edmonton and Yellowknife offices.

Dale is a regular speaker on a variety of Residential School issues and litigation trends at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and at various conferences and workshops sponsored by Indigenous organizations and governments.

Before starting his legal career, Dale was a sessional lecturer at MacEwan University, and he also taught courses at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Business and the Department of Sociology.

Value to Clients

Dale is passionate about playing a valuable role in helping abuse victims achieve some measure of closure to what are undoubtedly the most traumatic events in their lives. His small-town upbringing and calm demeanor help him relate to clients and put them at ease while reliving extremely difficult childhood memories. He excels at guiding abuse victims through every stage of a highly emotional and stressful litigation process, everything from initially making them comfortable discussing their abuse to fully preparing them to deliver strong testimony about their experiences before an Adjudicator at the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) hearing.

Outside the Office

Dale keenly reads history, political economy, cultural studies and historical fiction. He also enjoys hiking and the occasional golf game and tennis match.


Repeatedly Recommended Aboriginal Law
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
2014 - 2017


Lendrum Community League
1993 - Present
Douglas MacLachlan's Alberta Provincial Election Planning Committee
2001 - 2001
Dr. Raj Pannu's Alberta Provincial Election Planning Committee
1996 - 1997
Edmonton Food Bank
1995 - 1996


Aurora College v. Niziol, 2010 NWTSC 87, Northwest Territories Supreme Court

Doe v. Canada, [2001] ABCA 216, Alberta Court of Appeal

Doe v. Canada, [2000] ABCA 217, Alberta Court of Appeal

Re Residential Schools, [2000] ABQB 45, Alberta Queen's Bench

News + Views + Events

Even Lawyers Can Change
Advancement in Organizational Behavior - Organizational Taxonomies
Canadian Society
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Canadian Society
Social Stratification
Sociology of Work
Organization Theory

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Indigenous
  • Northern Canada
  • Aboriginal

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780-423-7610  Phone
867 873 4790  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Master of Arts, 1986
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1998
Year of First Admission:
2003, Northwest Territories; 1999, Alberta


Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Dale and are representative of Dale's experience.; Aurora College v. Niziol 2010 NWTSC 87 Northwest Territories Supreme Court 2010; Doe v. Canada [2001] ABCA 216 Alberta Court of Appeal 20012001200120012001; Re Residential Schools [2000] ABQB 45 Alberta Queen's Bench 2000; Doe v. Canada [2000] ABCA 217 Alberta Court of Appeal 2000

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

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