Image: “Researching Raven,” painting by Val Napoleon


ILRU aims to support and train students, the upcoming generation of legal professionals, in the work of Indigenous law through research placements at our unit. Despite the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we were fortunate to work with four amazing students from the JD/JID Joint Degree Program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders over the summer. Select a photo below to see each students’ reflections from this summer.

Carolyn Belleau, JD/JID Student

Carolyn is a 3L law student in the JD/JID (joint degree in Canadian and Indigenous legal orders) program at the University of Victoria. She is a Secwepemc from Esk’etemc reserve, British Columbia.

Brendan Noyes, JD/JID Student

Brendan is Métis and English/French settler on his mother’s side and English and Icelandic settler on his father’s side. He is a proud member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. He grew up in Winnipeg and spent his summers on the shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake region. ​Brendan is pursuing a law degree in the JD/JID (joint degree in Canadian and Indigenous legal orders) program at the University of Victoria where he just completed his second year of study. He is thrilled to be a part of this work and cares deeply about ensuring that the dignity and beauty of law are upheld, celebrated and continue to be worked with.​

Tania Talebzadeh-Takiyeh, JD/JID Student

Tania Talebzadeh-Takiyeh (تانیا طالب زاده تاکیه) is a first generation Iranian (Kaashaani, Hamedooni & Yazdii) migrant who is now in her second year of law studies in the JD/JID program at UVIC. She was birthed on Haudenosaunee territories in Montreal, and then raised in both her homeland, Iran, and on səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm lands in Vancouver. She is passionate about migrant justice & believes liberation for her peoples cannot be achieved if it comes at the expense of Indigenous legal revitalizations.

Andrea Vogel, JD/JID Student

Andrea is three years into her studies at University of Victoria in the joint Indigenous Law program (JD/JID). Andrea grew up in Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, a settler with northern European background. She is passionate about learning what conditions allow communities to thrive and care for the land and each other.