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Russell Chiong

Summer Law Student

Russell Chiong (he/him/his) is a child of the Hong Kong diaspora, who is from unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. He recently finished his second year at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, where he worked as a co-op student at the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre.

Russell was inspired to study law as a tool for advancing racial and environmental justice, and comes to West Coast Environmental Law with a keen interest in Indigenous sovereignties and settler relationships with the natural world. He is a student board member for the Environmental Law Centre and was the treasurer of the Environmental Law Club at the University of Victoria. Russell has also volunteered with the Indigenous Law Research Unit and the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation.

Before law school, Russell completed his BSc in Environmental Science concentrating on conservation and ecology with a minor in Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, Russell became involved in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and currently sits on the board of Chinatown Today.

Outside of work and school, Russell enjoys hiking, biking, and making hot sauce. He is appreciative of the opportunity to work with and on these beautiful lands, and is excited to join West Coast Environmental Law as a Summer Law Student.