Polsia Carrozza is Métis and Italian from Northern Ontario, with roots in Cochrane, Lake of the Woods and southern Saskatchewan. She is currently a 3L student in the Programme de droit canadien at the University of Ottawa and holds an Honours B.A in Psychology. She is on a journey of learning how to bead and speak Michif. She is passionate about Indigenous law and wants to work towards advocating for better protections of Indigenous knowledge within colonial Canadian IP laws.
Shelby is a 3L student in the English common law program. She is a Moon River Metis from Ontario. Shelby holds a Bachelor of Science Honours from Queen’s University with a major in environmental science. Her undergraduate research focused on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations.
Brooke Wakegijig is an Ojibwe woman. She is from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve. Her passion is beading. She grew up in Thunder Bay, ON. She is currently a 2L student in the English Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate degree in Compressed Nursing at Lakehead University. Brooke worked as a law clerk for a criminal defence firm for two years before attending law school. She hopes to help her people in whatever area of law she makes a career in.
Ullukkut/tansi. Christian is a Nunavut beneficiary but also identifies as Cree. His mother is originally from Inukjuak, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and his father is from Split Lake Manitoba of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation. He was born in Ottawa, ON, on the unceded Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. Christian is a 2L student at the University of Ottawa in the Common Law program. He holds a certificate in Media and Communications and a diploma in General Arts and Science from Algonquin College. He received his B.A. in law from Carleton University. Before attending law school, Christian worked as a policy advisor in economic development, labour and legislative priority areas with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Christian is strongly passionate about advocating and advancing Indigenous rights across Canada.
Wolfgang Wuttke-Stanton is Anishininiwak from Kistiganwacheeng, also known as Garden Hill First Nation, located in northern Manitoba from his father's side. He is also Wukchumni from Tule River Indian Reservation located in central California from his mother's side. He is currently a 1L student and looks forward to helping the Indigenous community.
Samantha is a 1L in the English Common Law Program. She is Métis and German from Southern Ontario, with roots in Penetanguishene and Port Severn. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice & Public Policy from the University of Guelph. When not studying, she spends her time reading, hiking, and watching films. Her current to-be-read book is “True Reconciliation” by Jody Wilson-Raybould. She is passionate about Indigenous law and hopes to one day help her community by advocating for incorporating more Indigenous legal principles in our criminal justice system.
Jayna was born on the unceded traditional territory of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq in Newfoundland. She is a 3L common law student of Mi’kmaq-settler ancestry with roots on the west coast of Newfoundland, her father’s family being members of Q’alipu First Nation. She has been a student research associate since the summer of 2021 with Decolonizing Water, an Indigenous-led partnership committed to enhancing water protection and Indigenous water governance. Jayna is very excited and thankful to be a member of the ILSG executive this semester as the Vice President of Events before returning to St. John’s, NL, for articling.
Celina is a 3L student at uOttawa who supports the operational needs of ILSG. She believes in the role ILSG plays for Indigenous students and strives to provide the student body with resources to excel at and enjoy the common law program. Originally from Calgary, Celina is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Vancouver Island University and worked in Community and Indigenous Relations at a global engineering firm before starting law school. Celina has a passion for the outdoors and can be found hiking and skiing in her spare time.
Kaitlyn is a French-speaking Abenaki from Northern Ontario. She is a 1L student in the English Common Law program at the University of Ottawa where she also obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours degree in Criminology with a minor in law. She is passionate about criminal law and hopes to work with vulnerable populations in her future legal career.