Sophia Sidarous

Summer Student

Sophia (she/her/hers) is a Mi'kmaq land defender and water protector from Metepenagiag First Nation. She currently resides on the East Coast in Halifax and is going into her third year at the Schulich School of Law, where she is specializing her degree in Aboriginal and Indigenous law.

Before law school, she graduated from the University of Ottawa for her Bachelor degree in General Social Sciences with a minor in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. It was also during this time where she was one of the key organizers for the Wet'suwet'en Crisis in downtown Ottawa. Although she hasn't been on this earth for long, she has spent her life advocating with many Indigenous frontlines like the Sipeknekatik lobster war, 1492 Landback lane, MMIWG2S+ organizing, etc. She's helped organized many climate rallies and marches, and often speaks at these events.

Her work often takes her many places, and in 2019 she was asked to speak at the UN headquarters for the Speak Out event, on the International Day of the Girl. She is also one of the plaintiffs currently suing the Canadian Government in the ground breaking LaRose v. Her Majesty the Queen case for their direct action/inaction on climate change.

Sophia is now working as a summer student at West Coast, and is excited to work in the intersecting areas of environmental and Indigenous law, and partake in this critical work.