A lot of connections were created to bring me, a Secwepemc from Esk’etemc reserve, to work for ILRU. It has been a humbling journey. Before I was even accepted to the JD/JID law program at UVic Law I began to hear about ILRU through the Secwepemc Gatherings taking place on Secwepemc territory. I was still an undergrad when I was first formally introduced to Simon, Jessica, and Rebecca who were so kind and amazing to talk to. I was not even accepted into any law school at that point when I met Veronica, a student working for ILRU. She encouraged me that I could make it into law school and gave me her contact information for if I ever needed help with the application process. Briefly working for SNTC assisting with event coordinating, I helped with a law retreat where ILRU was doing community engagement and facilitating a case briefing session with Secwepemc elders. The process looked so complex and I felt so intimidated around the ILRU law students since I wanted to go to law school and be one of them, but I was motivated to get into law school and work for ILRU.
I was first accepted into UBC law school before I got the call from Val Napoleon informing me I got accepted into the JD/JID program at the University of Victoria. In spite of some shyness, I also agreed to be in the media for UVic Law doing a photo session on my reserve Esk’etemc, BC. I loved the idea of Secwepemc territory being posted all over place; especially at YVR airport. My dad was proud of me, sharing his selfie of my picture in the background at YVR airport.