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Memorable Manitobans: Ian Ventress Dubienski (1921-1998)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Winnipeg on 4 March 1921, son of Bernard Bronislaw Dubienski and Amy Elizabeth Ventress, he graduated from the University of Manitoba law school in 1945 and was called to the bar in 1947. He became a Queen’s Counsel and a provincial magistrate in 1961, rising to Chief Judge of the Provincial Judges’ Court (Criminal Division), replacing Harold Gyles.

Active on many national and community boards, he was Chair of the first Canadian Conference on Aboriginal Justice in 1973 and the National Congress on the Prevention of Crime in 1981. He researched and wrote on crime, justice, mental health, and Aboriginal issues. He was the author of The Police Function in Canada (1981).

In recognition of his community service, he received the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967), Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), and 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal (1992).

He died at Winnipeg on 1 January 1998.


“Judge noted for leniency, concern,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 1998, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1998, page 85.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 January 2022

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