Lindsay comes from a community of story-tellers who raised her to embrace the Anishinaabe concept of mino-bimaadziwin, ‘the way of a good life’. Her love for the land, water and story-telling inspired her to explore law as a way to strengthen relationships between humans and non-humans in the spaces we call home.
Before law school, Lindsay worked at the University of Victoria’s Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU). ILRU connected her to Indigenous stories from various nations, as she worked alongside passionate community members to revitalize their laws. At school she immediately struggled with the profound differences between Canadian and Indigenous law. She dropped out half way through, feeling it was not the place for her after all. A year spent creative writing and working at ILRU ultimately led her to finish her degree, and into the healing work of West Coast Environmental Law where she articled.
At West Coast, Lindsay works on the RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Laws for Land, Air and Water) Project.
Lindsay is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She has worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court in Arizona, as a legal support team member for the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and at The Law Centre – a legal aid clinic in Victoria, B.C. She received her J.D. from the University of Victoria, and her B.A. from Dartmouth College (Native American Studies, Linguistics). She continues to write and her forthcoming book entitled, “Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law” (UBC Press), is a work of creative non-fiction.
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