Rebekah Smith (she/her) is a JD/JID candidate in the dual degree program at the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. Rebekah’s father is British Jamaican and her mother is Afro-Nova Scotian and Dutch. She currently lives, learns, and plays on Lək̓ʷəŋən Territory in Victoria, BC but grew up on the lands of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Brantford, ON.
Prior to law school Rebekah worked as a library assistant. She completed her undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Over the past ten years Rebekah has been involved with non-profit organizations that promote access to justice, youth leadership development, and community building. While attending law school, Rebekah has been a teaching assistant, research assistant, and a peer tutor.
Rebekah is pursuing a legal career because she believes that the law can be a tool to create justice, though she is alive to the reality that what is legal is not necessarily what is just. This summer at WCEL Rebekah hopes to utilize what she is learning about other legal orders through the JD/JID program to advocate for the protection of the natural world and racialized peoples, who often bear the brunt of environmental degradation.
For fun, Rebekah enjoys going for walks, baking bread, playing rugby, and beating her siblings at trivia.