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Jolene Ashini, the first Labrador Innu female to become a lawyer

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • The University of Victoria program was developed in reply to a call to move from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Jolene Ashini of Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation is an inaugural graduate of the University of Victoria’s joint Canadian common law and Indigenous legal orders program and the recipient of a respected award from the Royal Society of Canada. 

Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation’s Jolene Ashini is departing the University of Victoria with a law degree and an honorable award. 

Ashini is graduating from college with a combined degree in Canadian common law and Indigenous legal orders. This program blends classroom learning and field analyses with Indigenous and First Nation neighborhoods in British Columbia. The Innu Nation-states she’s the first Labrador Innu female to achieve a law degree.

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Ashini is graduating from college with a combined degree in Canadian common law and Indigenous legal orders

“The program itself is an adventure,” Ashini informed CBC News on Wednesday, stating it was designed in reply to one of the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, requesting the federal government “to support the establishment of Indigenous law institutes for the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous rules and access to justice by the distinctive cultures of the Aboriginal public in Canada.”

Ashini’s class of developing lawyers was honored with a unique ceremony last weekend as inaugural graduates of the program.

Source – cbc.ca

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